(1955 - 2007)
Black and white classics (Blackmail 2075-Y60R / 7005-Y50R), 2005
Oil on canvas
60 x 60 cm
Birgir Andrésson, one of Iceland’s best-known contemporary artists, examines aspects of Icelandic culture and national identity through color and by playing with language and perception. In the 1980’s he designated a set of colors as uniquely “Icelandic” and created a fictional Pantone set inspired by the natural environment and surrounding of Iceland. In Black and white classics (Blackmail 2075-Y60R / 7005-Y50R) Andrésson assigns these colors to existing cultural artifacts, in this case black-and-white Hollywood movies, and creates a visual language that is specifically culturally attached to an Icelandic understanding of color.