August 19, 2004 - Reykjavík Art Museum - Katrin Sigurdardottir
August 19, 2004

Katrin Sigurdardottir

Katrin Sigurdardottir
Opening Reception, August 20th, 8pm.

Reykjavik Art Museum
Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavik
Tel. +354 590-1200,
Fax +354 590-1201

www.artmuseum.is

The Reykjavik Art Museum is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition of Katrin Sigurdardottir large-scale installation, which will traverse the halls of the Hafnarhus, the museums new harbour branch in downtown Reykjavik, from August 20th, until October 5th.

In the catalogue essay, Gregory Volk writes: ” Throughout her work, Sigurdardottir typically scrambles the distinctions between near and far, architecture and nature, immediate experience and layers of memory, while concentrating attention on (and thoroughly manipulating) exactly how we perceive.”

True to these notions, Sigurdardottir has created a 60 meter long jagged wall, which scale shifts between full size and miniature. This piece, which was conceived of especially for The Reykjavik Art Museum, dialogues with the architecture of the museum itself, as it zig-zags from one exhibition hall to the next, through corridors and over bridges, almost as if it was a skin peeled off the original walls of the museum.

In addition, this seemingly abstract, nonfunctional architecture, holds many references to Iceland’s rugged landscape. But as is typical for Sigurdardottir´s work, when nature appears, it is always in a highly mediated, “impure” way, subjected to all sorts of cultural and personal transformation and manipulation.

Katrin Sigurdardottir is born in Reykjavik in 1967. She divides her time between New York and Reykjavik. Her most recent solo exhibition at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, opened in April 2004. Among the numerous venues where her work has appeared are Momentum, Moss, Norway (2000), The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC (2001), The National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik (2001) and Galleria Maze, Turin (2003). Presently she is preparing works for the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Gallery i8, Reykjavik and Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York.

*Conversation between the artist and Gregory Volk, independent curator and critic, Friday, August
20th, 6pm.

*Lecture on Sigurdardottir’s art given by art historian Eva Heisler, Sunday, September 26th, 3pm.

Opening Reception, Friday August 20th, 8pm.

Reykjavik Art Museum
Tryggvagata 17
101 Reykjavik

For further information please contact
Soffia Karlsdottir, Head of Public Relations
Tel. +354 590-1200, Fax +354 590-1201
soffiaka@rvk.is www.artmuseum.is

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