Guðmundur Thoroddsen Figurative Art - A Game of Basketball in Athens Apartment
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Guðmundur Thoroddsen
A Game of Basketball in Athens Apartment

2014

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Guðmundur Thoroddsen is from Reykjavik, Iceland. His work questions the intersection of patriarchy, masculinity, ancestry, and symbols and religious idols from ancient history, with an emphasis on combining the sacred with the profane. In his series “Hobby and Work”, Thoroddsen merges the antiquity-laced bearded busts of male gods with activities such as basketball, hunting, and brewing beer. He presents an iconoclastic survey of the masculine archetype, and the pitfalls of participating in the ritualistic ceremony of being male. Thoroddsen’s own shortcomings and observations pierce through the earnest desire to win. With numerous signifiers of both celebration and undermining humor, he delivers a sardonic exposition of primitive, and perversely still extant, omnipresent machismo. These scenes are unified by muted colors and rendered in paradoxically feminine watercolor, delicate graphite, and chunky collage, evoking Jockum Nordstrom, Carter, Marcel Dzama, and Twombly-esque scrawls. This artwork includes collaged elements and is unframed. After studies in Iceland, Holland, Berlin, and Granada, Thoroddsen completed his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has participated in many solo exhibitions in Iceland, including the ASI Art Museum and Tsygalleri in Reykjavik. Group exhibitions include the Reykjavik Art Museum, (Reykjavik), Quartair (The Hague), DODGE Gallery, (NY), Ausstellungsraum (Basel), and Danziger Gallery, (Berlin). He was nominated for the ArtPrize Top 2D Award for his SiTE:LAB show, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A recipient of a Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL in 2012, and artist grants from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Iceland in 2012 and 2013, his work appears in the 2011 publication "Icelandic Art History from late 19th Century to Early 21st Century", as well as the 2009 New Museum's "Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory".

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    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 25 in. x W 17 in.H 63.5 cm x W 43.18 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU418196572
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    GT135-wop
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