Örn Tönsberg and Margeir Sigurdsson: Flow

1 Feb 2017 – 25 Feb 2017

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Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm-5pm

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Abject Gallery

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom


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Abject Galley is pleased to announce a four-day, in-gallery residency and month long exhibition of Icelandic street artists, Örn Tönsberg and Margeir Sigurdsson. Tönsberg and Sigurdsson are both part of a thriving street art scene in Reykjavik, Iceland.


Abject Galley is pleased to announce a four-day, in-gallery residency and month long exhibition of Icelandic street artists, Örn Tönsberg and Margeir Sigurdsson.

For their first UK show Tönsberg and Sigurdsson will create a collaborative artwork, which explores Ideological realism, an artistic movement in 19th century Russia, which was based largely on the theory that literature and art should attribute a social and moral responsibility. Formed by a group of young artists who rejected the institution, frustrated by its elitism and conservative separation between high and low art. In an effort to bring art to the people, the students formed an independent artistic society, The Petersburg Cooperative of Artists (Artel). In 1870, this organisation was largely succeeded by the Association of Travelling Art Exhibits (Peredvizhniki) to give people from the provinces a chance to follow the achievements of Russian Art, and to teach people to appreciate art. In a similar fashion a united rise took place among the literary world - ideological realism tried to deliver an ideological message to the reader, in addition to staying close to reality. Ideological realism is evident even in Dickens’ challenge of institutional and often polemic attitudes towards outsiders and those often considered ‘lower’ in society.

Margeir Sigurdsson was born in Akureyri, a small town in the North of Iceland, after studying in Barcelona he settled Reykjavik to continue his practice, fusing Fine Art and Street Art. Dire claims to be the founder of ‘Absorbism’, a way of painting that does not exclude any way of expression, but gathers them in one whole. Dire has exhibited extensively across Iceland as well as Spain, Finland and New York. Örn Tönsberg studied Literature at Háskól Íslands, Reykjavik and has been a prominent figure in the Icelandic art scene for more than a decade. His works, both animated and vibrant, illuminate the streets of Reykjavík. Tönsberg preferring to compare his work to high art although the graffiti is definitely always in the background, as he states, it is his voice and tool. Tönsberg is not limited to graffiti but enjoys the great exposure it attains.

During the four days each artist will be working opposed to one another, creating works separately on opposite sides of the gallery and then, as if colliding into one another will meet ‘in the middle’ creating a collaborative piece, an exploration into Ideological Realism. As we learn more about how life works, the line between realism and abstraction becomes blurred.

The gallery will be open to come and see the work being made from the 26th until the 28th of January. There will be a preview on the 28th of January of the completed works, 7pm-10pm. The show ends on the 25th of February.


Solo Exhibitions (Margeir Sigurdsson) 
2014 - “Eitthvað” - Salur myndlistafélagsins - Akureyri - Iceland 
2014 - “&” - Reykjavík Art Gallery - Reykjavík - Iceland 
2014 - “Dimension fuel” - Gallerý Gallera - Reykjavík- Iceland 
2009 - “Absorbism” - Veggverk - Akureyri - Iceland
2008 - “Party n´ bullshit” - Cafe Karólína - Akureyri - Iceland
2008 - “Painting a Day” - Studio Tímavél - Akureyri - Iceland
2007 - “Pressure” - Dalí Gallery - Akureyri - Iceland
2006 - “Semi selfportraits” - Studio 6 - Akureyri - Iceland

Duo Exhibitions
2014 - ”Tvívirkni” - Deiglan - Akureyri - Iceland 
2013 - "Akureyri culture night live painting" - Listasafn Akureyrar - Iceland
2013 - "On a mountain" - Deiglan - Akureyri - Iceland
2013 - "GÓMS-Overdose&Underdose" - Reykjavík Art gallery - Iceland
2012 - "GÓMS-Overdose&Underdose"- Salur myndlistafélagsins - Akureyri - Iceland
2009 - “GÓMS” - Dalí Gallery - Akureyri - Iceland

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 - Íslensk samtíðarportrett” - Listasafn Akureyrar 
2014 - “Chosen works” Gallery Gallera - Reykjavík- Iceland 
2014 - "Kraesingar" - Salur myndlistarfélagsins - Akureyri - Iceland
2013 - "tússsvart"- Íslensk Grafík - Reykjavík - Iceland
2012 - "Muses.is" Many group exhibitions -Nordic house, Sanitas, etc. - Iceland
2011 - “Taboom” - Gallery Untitled - Barcelona - Spain
2009 - “Sex sýna” - Deiglan - Akureyri - Iceland
2008 - “Gray Walls” - Reykjavík Art gallery - Reykjavík - Iceland
2008 - “Nolem-Dire” - Populus Tremula - Akureyri - Iceland
2008 - “Untitled” - School of visual arts - Akureyri - Iceland
2008 - “Ólátagarðurinn” - Nordic house - Reykjavík - Iceland
2008 - “Grálist engin Smálist” - Deiglan - Akureyri - Iceland
2007 - “Grálist með smálist” - Dalí Gallery - Akureyri - Iceland
2006 - “Untitled” - Lahti institute of Fine arts - Finland
2006 - “Untitled” - Lahti design intitute - Finland
2006 - “Untitled” - Lahti institute of Fine arts - Finland
2006 - “I love beermats” - Benidorm - Alicante - Spain
2006 - “Untitled” - School of visual arts - Akureyri - Iceland
2005 - “Streetsweepers” - Firlefanz gallery - New York
2005 - “Reiði” - GalleryBOX - Akureyri - Iceland
2004 - “VMA” - Deiglan - Akureyri - Iceland

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Exhibiting artists

Örn Tönsberg

Margeir Sigurdsson


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