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Erró

Science-Fiction Scape / Vísindaskáldskaparvíðátta

Year
1992
Height
286 cm
Width
1320 cm
Category
Málverk
Sub-category
Lakkmálverk

In 1986, Erró was asked to submit a proposal for the decoration of two walls in the mediatheque of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris. The theme of the pieces was to be science and technology. Erró submitted two proposals in the form of two large collages. One of them was focused on science fiction and, while it was spectacular and beautiful, it was not accepted, as it was not deemed appropriate for the location. A few years later the artist went back to the rejected collage and painted a large painting of it for the prospective Erró Art Museum in Reykjavík. In this dynamic “scape” the picture space is crammed with hypertense, frenzied and aggressive superhumans, intergalactic heroes and monsters which Erró borrowed from American graphic artists such as Jack Kirby. In a sense the painting is an assemblage of all the cartoon characters the artist has encountered; Erró first used comic book characters for his works in 1963-4 when he was in New York.

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