Örn Alexander Ámundason
Örn Alexander performed “Chews” at Samtalekøkken in December 2012. In a witty if slightly disgusting comment on the art process he produced sculptural portraits of our audience from cookies, that he throroughly chewed live. For the first time in his performane work, he invited members of the audience to join him, and eight people accepted. Equipped with packets of biscuits, latex gloves and ceramic tiles, the artist asked each participant to pose, while he walked around them chewing the biscuits. He then took the indeterminate chewed mass sculpted in his mouth and placed it on a ceramic tile. One by one, the participants posed as the artist delivered his unique little sculptures.
All Photos Gert van der Pumperlei
Speculations on the Impact of Kurt Cobain
In April 2014, we invited Örn Alexander back to Samtalekøkken, where he presented a version of his performance lecture about Kurt Cobain, which turns out to be more about the pitfalls of holding a performance lecture, and demonstrates all the things that can go wrong with it, in spite of starting over several times.
Örn Alexander’s performance “Smear” was presented at two of our Live art for Kids festivals, first in Kristianstad and Ystad in 2015, and then again in Copenhagen, for the first time to Danish audiences. “Smear” is another comment on the process of making art, and again, it turns out slightly disgusting. The aim of the performance is the production of a painting, the most iconic form of making art. Still true to traditional art production, a mid.sized canvas is prepared to serve as the background of the painting, propped up on an easel. Alas, this is were the classical ends. As his painting medium, Örn Alexander chooses his own snot, producing booger after booger out of his own nose. Audience watched in awe and consternation.
Photos Ellen: Friis and Gert van der Pumperlei
After the performance we asked the children in the audience to draw the performance as a starting point for discussions.
About the Artist
Örn Alexander Ámundason is an icelandic performance artist, who lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. He produces humoristic and powerful images with simple means, and is also influenced by the old icelandic traditions of singing/song-writing.
See more of Örn’s work on his website.