Egill Saebjornsson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1973 and lives in Berlin. Solo exhibitions include shows at theKunstlerhaus Bremen,Watermill Center New York, Museum Fur Gegenwart Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Reykjavik Art Museum and HISK, Ghent. Saebjornsson was shortlisted for the 2010 Carnegie Art Award (international touring exhibition until May 2011). In 2010, Saebjornsson exhibited at Gottingen Kunstverein, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Neuer Sachsischer Kunstverein and Biennale for International Light Art, eastern Ruhr area, Germany.
Egill Saebjornsson’s video installations bear witness to a complex background across a range of media. His recent video installations have developed out of earlier painting and performance work where music and imagery blend, almost alchemically, and where mundane objects are brought to life as they are amalgamated with art. Egill’s art is a witty mix of genres where 19th-century tableaux vivants find their way to Sesame Street. Although humor and absurdity play a significant role in his work, they always have an underlying seriousness to them in which the artist’s logic and existential thoughts can be noted.
Saebjornsson arranges his found objects to form a series of tableaux onto which light is projected. However, the video projectors not only make visible the items that have been placed in the room on white pedestals; they project a second image layer onto them and the walls of the exhibition space, creating layers of other light, forms, and colors in movement, allowing the objects to take on new dimensions when seen through the flickering light images, playing with perception and meaning.