IT´S HARD TO BE AN ARTIST
IN A ROCKSTAR BODY
Erling T.V. Klingenberg
Erling lives and works in Reykjavik and is co-founder of Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Studied at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design where he completed an MFA degree. He also studied at Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Fachhochschule fur Bildende Kunst, Kiel, Germany and the Icelandic College of Art & Crafts, Reykjavik, Iceland.
He has exhibited both in his native Iceland and internationally, f.ex. in Austria, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Netherland, Ireland, Poland, USA, UK, China and Canada.
Erling T.V. Klingenberg appears often in his work when he uses art history as a form of objective
presentation and subjective images. His working methods fluctuate between the challenging
and the sincere, while allowing obtrusive emotions to enter his work.
Erling puts the concept of artist into an unexpected and humorous context, just like in his motto; “it´s hard to be an Artist in a Rockstar Body”.. His obsession with defining the role of the artist in this “Rock Star” based society is what takes him to actually investigate not what the artist does but how he does it. Therefore, it is not in the final product but in the process that his interests lie
Erling wants to challenge the given foundations of visual art and stretch beyond them, while at the same time stretching beyond the conscious framework of his own creativity.