Magnus Palsson — Enginn Gleypir S​ó​lina CD

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Magnús Pálsson is one of Iceland’s premier artists; a national treasure. In 1978 he was instrumental in founding The Living Art Museum (Nýló). Sculptor, sound poet, performer and inspirational teacher, Magnús comes from a strong Fluxus background, where he and his clan forged the beginnings of conceptualism and concrete poetry. As a sculptor, Magnús dealt with enigma and touch by making casts of negative spaces and trapping ephemeral moments in solidifying plaster. His signature piece from that time is a cast of the space between the three wheels of a Sikorsky helicopter and its landing field, seconds before it actually touches down. Made in 1976, this work was exhibited in Venice in 1980 when Magnús represented Iceland at the 37th Biennale. Gradually he moved away from solid material into the more fluid realm of sound and action where recently he has made works for choirs, JCB earth diggers, ghosts and children


Magnús Pálsson – Enginn Gleypir S​ó​lina album cover
Label: Mumbling Eye – BCD-002 released 2023
CD, Limited Edition
Country: Iceland

Genre: Non-Music
Style: Sound Art, Sound Poetry, Spoken Word
1 Enginn Gleypir S​ó​lina 18:20
2 Herra Túrpur Jónsson 13:13
Design, Performer – Tumi Magnusson
Liner Notes – Adam Buffington
Text By, Performer – Magnús Pálsson

In February 1993, at artist Hannes Lárusson’s Gallerí 11 in Reykjavik, Magnús Pálsson exhibited two installations, one in each of the gallery’s two rooms. In the first was Enginn Gleypir Sólina (No One Swallows The Sun). In the adjacent room was its companion work Herra Túrpur Jónsson (Mister Túrpur Jónsson).

Each room featured four wall-mounted loudspeakers, one in each corner emanating vocalized grunts, sighs, and syllables in between extensive passages of Icelandic and nonsensical language. On the floor beneath each loudspeaker was a generous mound of snuff tobacco. Upon each pile was a cluster of sizable, hand-painted paper-mâché noses. The snuff evoked a sense of nostalgia, its smell permeated Gallerí 11 as the loudspeakers relayed various anecdotes, verses, and vernacular expressions Pálsson heard throughout his life.

Enginn Gleypir Sólina and Herra Túrpur Jónsson, referred to by Pálsson as “vocal sculptures,” exemplify Pálsson’s life-long fascination with language, and encapsulate his interdisciplinary exploration challenging disciplinary boundaries in order to cultivate new manners of expression

Text: Magnús Pálsson, Adam Buffington
Translations: Magnús Pálsson, Frances Cowan, Tumi Magnússon
Photos: Hannes Lárusson, Frances Cowan
CD Photo: Kristinn G. Harðarson
Design: Tumi Magnússon
Print: Prentmet Oddi, Reykjavik
CD Production: Myndbandavinnslan, Reykjavík
Performers: Baldvin Halldórsson, Eyvindur Erlendsson, Guðbjörg Thoroddsen, Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir, Karl Guðmundsson, Magnús Pálsson, Tumi Magnússon
Direction: Eyvindur Erlendsson
Sound Recording and Mixing: Júlíus Agnarsson

Supported by the Icelandic Visual Arts Fund

Magnus Palsson — Enginn Gleypir S​ó​lina CD