Sean Patrick O’brien

Restoring Force


Mixed media


At The Nordic House

Sean Patrick O’Brien’s Restoring Force is geodesic structure, constructed from fiber-cement material and resembles a sort of a hybrid of a futuristic house that runs on solar power; a self-contained unit. Sean invites his audience to enter the dome and experience the energy from the sun in an engaging and visual way. The energy is transferred from the sun into a solar panel and becomes visible through the ultraviolet laser and, for a brief period of time, is stored in the phosphorescent material as a glowing line overlapping itself and slowly fading away. The geodesic dome is inspired by the techniques and findings of Einar Þorsteinn Ásgeirsson (1942-2022), an Icelandic architect and innovator in geometrical structures.

Sean’s installations and sculptures are often interactive and/or kinetic and involve natural phenomena like magnetism, polarized light, phosphoresces and rainbows. This exploration into artworks as scientific experiments has begun a new way of thinking of art, as the sharing of the experience of the wonders of the world. Sean’s artistic practice generally focuses on the performative nature of the audience interacting with an object or environment and how this interaction itself is the phenomena of art.

US-Canadian artist Sean Patrick O’Brien (b.1985, California) attended the Studio for Interrelated Media at the Massachusetts College of Art. He currently lives and works in Reykjavík where he graduated with a MFA in Performing Arts from The Iceland University of the Arts in 2021. He has participated in various projects worldwide and been very active on the Icelandic art scene in recent years.