The Living Art Museum releases the book Án titils / Untitled

Án titils / Untitled
Ólafur Lárusson

Edited by: Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir & Becky Forsythe
Design: Studio – Studio(Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson & Birna Geirfinnsdóttir)
Translation: Kolbrún Ýr Einarsdóttir, Becky Forsythe
Proofreading: Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir, Guðrún Inga Ragnarsdóttir, Elin Thordarson
Selection of photographs and material from the Ólafur Lárusson Archive: Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir & Becky Forsythe
Other documentation: Vigfús Birgisson, National Gallery of Iceland
Icelandic / English
pgs. 184
230 x 170 mm
Price: 4.900 ISK
Edition 700
The Living Art Museum
ISBN 978-9935-24-167-2

On June 2nd The Living Art Museum will release Án titils / Untitled, a publication of the works, archival material and contributions made by artist Ólafur Lárusson (1951-2014), one of the museum’s founding members.

The book follows the exhibition Rolling Line, now occupying The Living Art Museum in the Marshall House until June 11th.

Án titils / Untitled includes a large selection of archive material from Ólafur´s studio, acquired by the museum last year as a gift on behalf of the artist by his family.

The book also includes an introductory text by Halldór Björn Runólfsson, and interviews with Ólafur´s friends and contemporaries, including Hreinn Friðfinnsson, Hildur Hákonardóttir, Kees Visser, Kristján Guðmundsson, Magnús Pálsson, Níels Hafstein, Rúrí, Sigurður Guðmundsson and Þór Vigfússon.

The artist´s own voice also comes through in fragments of interviews taken with Ólafur and closely connected to a chronology following the life of the artist.

This is the first time that a book is published on Ólafur Lárusson´s work.

The book is edited by Þorgerður Ólafsdóttir and Becky Forsythe, and designed by Studio – Studio, Arnar Freyr Guðmundsson and Birna Geirfinnsdóttir.

We hope that this publication and the exhibition Rolling Line, which span a decade of Ólafur´s practice, contribute to a better understanding of the artist and his work.

An artist’s archive is inevitably personal; an unedited history hidden away and tucked between the pages of an otherwise organized order of things. Unfinished or incomplete ideas hinting towards the ongoing process of creativity surface in the immediacy of the material and the mark of the artist´s accidental habits and gestures. Access to this intimate parallel allows our own imaginations to run wild in the freedom of Ólafur´s world. In the process it becomes possible to continue history by adding footnotes and rearrangement. The things left behind become moments anew. The past is pulled into the present. And the black and white recording is seen in colour again.

Wandering through the material has been a joint venture with the artist that has stood us alongside those audience members in 1978. The relevancy of his works and archival memory have enabled us to gaze upon Ólafur as he stood where the grass grew, or collaborated with the wild Arctic Terns. When he somersaulted “out and about in the mountains”, and buried his head under the moss-covered landscape, crashed through the glass, and rolled himself up in dandelions, paint and smoke with the dead-end rainbow. In his endless curiosity, sentimentality and unshakable romance with nature and his environment, his view through the lens, the ritualism, and his resonating lightness, humor and adventure. Sorting through the piles that assemble the Ólafur Lárusson Archive has been full of echoing black and white rainbows and moments of dust sparkles glittering gold in the passed and blazing sunlight.”