Freya Björg Olafson

Painting With the Man, 3:37 min, Color, Stereo, Canada, 2017

Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her praxis engages with identity and the body, as informed by technology and the Internet.

‘Painting with the Man’ was developed through a camera-less motion capture suit worn by Olafson. The work references Yves Klien’s Anthropométries 1960 series; where Klein engaged nude women as ‘human paint brushes’. Olafson uses a digital readymade male 3D body to imprint the canvas / screen.

June 2018 Dunlop Art Gallery ‘URL:IRL’  curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart, – exhibition Regina
2017 Moving Bodies Festival ‘Painting With The Man’ screening in Varna, Bulgaria
2017 WUFF – Winnipeg Underground Film Festival ‘ Painting With The Man’ – exhibition at Poolside Gallery in Wpg, Mb
2017 ForthWith Festival for Experimental Art & Technology ‘Painting With The Man’ – exhibition Winnipeg, Manitoba
Freya acknowledges the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council, Thomas Wester and the AR/VR Artist Research Residency Pilot organized by Oregon Story Board, Eyebeam and Upfor Gallery.
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