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Pétur Kristjánsson: Downstairs

Skaftfell Gallery. Opening Reception April 4th, 2020

Exhibition April 4th – June 7th, 2020

Pétur Kristjánsson is more than an artist. Having lived in Seyðisfjörður since the 1980s, he was until recently the director of Tækniminjasafn Austurlands and was instrumental in the founding of both Skaftfell and the Dieter Roth Academy. He has enjoyed a crucial role within the cultural life of the town and has diligently worked as an artist while also generating opportunities for other artists. This exhibition coincides with Pétur’s retirement from Tækniminjasafn Austurlands and represents a form of retrospective of his work as an artist that he has created over the last 30 years. Pétur often works with the detritus of society, those things which are thrown away or abandoned. His work invites a reconsideration of the value we place on the things which surround us, finding new uses for broken and rejected objects, and reflecting on what we find beautiful and valuable.