© Courtesy the artist

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BLACK-OUT is a painting from Birgir Andrésson´s “Icelandic Colors” series, for which, with his characteristic deadpan humor, he claimed various colors as uniquely Icelandic, although they exist everywhere. Straightforward and empirical, like giant-size color swatches at the hardware store or online, this austere painting proves surprisingly evocative and poetic. The interplay between colors is quietly dynamic, as they subtly respond to shifting natural light and summon the Icelandic landscape, connoting an immense sky, black lavascapes in the distance, coastal fog rolling in and the undulating ocean. – Gregory Volk

*1955 in Westmann Islands, Iceland | † 2007