Iceland review 4/98
Landscape artist Georg Gudni works indirectly from Icelandic
nature, using memory and the imagination.
Some modernist believed that landscape painting was a kind of paradox. In his Aesthetic Theory Adorno explains that since nature is itself visual a painting of nature canreally be no more than a copy or an emulation that does not add anything to our experience and in fact falls far short of our direct contact with the real, living world. To revive painting the painters should focus on the reality of the painting itself instead of emulating external reality and seek out the inner life of colours and forms on the canvas. This conviction was the root of abstraction in painting and was also partly responsible for the fact that more and more artists abandoned painting altogether in favour of other media.