Petur Arason

September 21, 2005 at 4pm

Fine Arts Building; 1000 W. Broad, Room 301

The collection of Petur Arason and Ragna Robertsdottir, presents contemporary works by Icelandic artists, such as Birgir Andresson, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Finnbogi petursson, Ingolfur Arnarsson, Kristjan Gudmundsson, and Sigurdur Gudmundsson, along with their international counterparts, including Dan Flavin, Roni Horn, Donald Judd, Ilya Kabakov, on Kawara, Richard Long, Dieter Roth, and Lawrence Weiner. The verb to collect generally means to amass or to gather. One amasses gold coins, for example, but one gathers blackberries. In the case of Arason and Robertsdottir’s activity, to gather is more in keeping with the temper of their approach. One might think of this collection not as an accumulation of objects but as a gathering of inquires and claims. Conversation-with its succession of hesitancies and enthusiasms-is central to the spirit of the collection. The collection is significant because it demonstrates the participation of Icelandic artists in the ongoing conversations of an international arts community. (from Safn: The Collection as Conversation by Eva Heisler)