ASI ART MUSEUM,
2004, Reykjavik, Iceland
The pieces that Guðjón Ketilsson exhibits under the title Tools are a logical extension of his earlier work. He now directs his focus to the formal properties of the tools themselves and creates new tools that are utterly useless. Their image deceives; they are not what at first they seem to be. What appears to be a simple hand tool is in fact a complex work of art with broad implications and several layers of meaning. This layering characterises all of Guðjón Ketilsson’s art. Underneath the polished surface of his works all is not as it seems.
Text: Kristín G. Guðnadóttir, Director of the ASÍ Art Museum
photographs: Sigfús Már Pétursson