An exhibition by Icelandic visual artist and designer Halldór Arnar Úlfarsson entitled “Dorophone,” named after a special kind of string instrument the artist has been developing since 2004, opens in Reykjavík’s Gallerí Dvergur today.
The dorophone is an electric-acoustic stringed instrument in a wooden box which obtains its sound from feedback. An electromagnetic pickup senses the vibration of the strings and sends the sound back into the box thus creating a special sound.
Úlfarsson has lived in Helsinki, Finland, for the last eight years, where he has created complex sculptures from wood, snow and electricity.
“Artists rather than art give me inspiration. They live outside everyday life and allow themselves to tend to thoughts and ideas and great visions,” Úlfarsson said, as stated in a press release issued by Gallerí Dvergur.
Úlfarsson will play the dorophone for those who come to his exhibition every weekend until July 15.
The inset picture is a self portrait by Úlfarsson.