I have been working on the Codhead idea since 2000. In this catalogue are work from that period. The text is in Icelandic but an English translation is provided further down the page.
I started working on the Codhead idea around 2000. I had moved from the capital to the Hrísey Island in the North. I lived on the outskirts of the village and a few steps away where the dried fish scaffolds where codheads were hung up to dry. Waiting to be sold in Nigeria, the extremely protein rich cod being highly valued there.
I made a habit of long walks around the island, often around the scaffolds and dried cod heads had stronger and stronger effect on me. The expression is so strong, almost intrusive, predator-like cruelty, showing some kind of fascist power , in combination with expression of pitiful suffering rendering a feeling of strong empathy for their lot.
Codhead is a world where people wearing suits and ties and cod heads perform a variety of functions in an environment that defines this world. Codhead is a cognate word to Godhead and somehow almost the same word.
My art is political, but not preaching.
Iceland is a country plagued with corruption of nepotism and cronyism. The robber capitalism „virtues“ of greed, selfishness and cruelty paving the way for plutocracy has an influence on me and is reflected in my art.
On the other hand, art is for me, I largely emotional and visual experience and there is no room for preaching or universal truth.
Love a feeling like that. We know we feel it, but it eludes precise definitions and explanations are difficult and actually damaging to the experience.
It is noteworthy that preaching and command style of art is primarily connected dictatorship. Socialrealism in Soviet art and architecture of Hitler and Mussolini are examples.
Also the pedagogic church art of the pre Renaissance, where paintings should teach illiterate people theology and the cherished hierarchy of the spiritual business.
Of course, the public understood and interpreted this art their own way and the elite orders for interpretation were often misunderstood in the most useful way available.
In this how I approach my art; with a urgent need for the message and on the other hand a in a vast space of emotional expression where there is no need for explanations.
2002 I exhibited Codhead for the first time . ““Codhead lll a studie for bronze“. Installation in the Art Museum of Akureyri . Another solo exhibition is in Gallery + Akureyri ““Codhead Vl“” 2005. 2006 a group show at the “Factory in Hjalteyri” 2 installations ““Codhead lV“” and ““Codhead ll“. Photographs of the works I have lost. Then in “Populus Tremula Akureyri” 2007. „Codhead VII“.
In this electronic catalogue are photographs of these installations and exhibitions accompanying drawings and plans of future work .