Curver Thoroddsen is the artist of the last exhibition at ÞOKA's current location and is the spectrum of the grayscale among subjects.
The exhibition consists of a video performance made by the artist in the gallery space especially for this exhibition. In a humorous, simple and sincere way he plays with the grayscale and its opposite poles, black and white, but in color.
The performance, which was taken in one long shot, involves the repetition of the ritual of getting dressed and undressed in clothes colored in various tones of the grayscale. Gray is a neutral compromise between two extremes and often connotes something lifeless, sad and boring. A gray and gloomy reality is less agreeable than life in color, like Paul Simon once sang “Everything looks worse in black and white”.
With that in mind one can contemplate on what meaning colors, or non-colors, might have when it comes to peoples personalities and feelings and what emotions colors may evoke. Is there a difference in seeing the artist wearing various shades of the grayscale? Does it matter where in the spectrum he is or does it not matter at all?
Curver Thoroddsen (b. 1976) lives and works in Reykjavik. He received a BA degree in visual arts from the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2000 and finished a MFA degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2009. He utilizes a range of mediums; videos, installations, performances and relational aesthetics to examine ideas of self, popular culture and society. Reality as perceived by most takes on an altered meaning when transferred to the realm of visual arts. This notion is a reoccurring theme in Curver’s art as he has presented works where he transformed the Living Arts Museum to a childrens playground, held a yard sale in the National Museum of Iceland and sold Puffin pizza at the rurally isolated lighthouse of Bjargartangaviti. Curver is also an active musician as a member of the experimental outfit Ghostigital.