SculptureCenter is pleased to present Katrín Sigurdardóttir's Foundation, Iceland's representation in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. The work will be on view at SculptureCenterJune 2-July 27, 2014 with an opening reception on Sunday June 1, 5-7 pm.
Foundation is a large-scale installation comprising a raised ornamental surface, mapping out the floor of a fictional 18th century pavilion. Hand-made tiles form intricate patterns in the baroque style, and visitors are invited to walk on the surface and experience it underfoot.
Foundation is conceived as a trilogy of installations. In the first, at Palazzo Zenobio's Lavanderia in Venice, the work intersected the walls of an ancient laundry. In Reykjavík, the work was located at the Reykjavík Art Museum's Harbour House, an old customs house in downtown Reykjavík. Now in New York, it will occupy the vast gallery of SculptureCenter, a former trolley repair facility.
Peacock Visual Arts proudly presents a selection of work by six Icelandic artists, opening 23 May. The title of the exhibition, Nasasjón, literally means ‘nose-sight’ – having a faint notion of something. Expounding the nuances of minimalism, abstraction and conceptualism, Nasasjón seeks to explore a commonality in their work, capturing, as the title suggests, a shared yet slightly elusive quality. The exhibition will include drawings, prints, videos and sculptural works by Ingólfur Arnarsson, Ívar Valgarðsson, Kristinn G. Harðarson, Ráðhildur Ingadóttir, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir and Tumi Magnússon.
The exhibition extends from work that was originally curated for Gallery Olschewski & Behm in Frankfurt.
A public installation by Egill Sæbjörnsson has been inaugurated in Berlin, located in front of the brand new laboratory building of the Robert Koch-Institute. The work is a self-generative video installation, consisting of a projection onto a 6.5 meter high concrete construction. The computer animated image source is programmed to infinitely generate images and patterns and therefore has an ever-changing appearance. The projection can be viewed after dark daily.
The piece titled Steinkugel (Stone-sphere) was commissioned by The Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR) and the Robert Koch-Institute as a result of a closed competition “Art in Public Space” in 2013 where Sæbjörnsson´s proposal was awarded first prize.
Exhibitions - Nordenhake, Stockholm and Halle 14, Leipzig
Egill Sæbjörnsson exhibiting
Egill Sæbjörnsson is currently participating in two international group shows, in Halle 14 in Leipzig, and in Gallery Nordenhake in Stockholm. In Halle 14, Sæbjörnsson participates with“The Box” from 2005 in the exhibitionDoes Humour Belong in Art?
Together with the two painters Math Bass and Paul Cowan, Egill Sæbjörnsson is participating in a group show, called Duck Soup in Gallerie Nordenhake, Stockholm.
Currently on in Gallery i8 is the exhibition of Ignacio Uriarte, his second solo show in the gallery. Börkur Arnarson, the director, was recently interviewed by the Reykjavík Grapevineabout the lack of tradition in the local art scene, fearlessness, the pleasure of surprising and about running an art gallery from a tiny rock in the North Atlantic.
“Being from here means a lot for how we’re perceived. The fact that we’re based in Reykjavík is beneficial—we’ve got big wings because of that. People are amazed by the creative output from this country...."
The Reykjavík Arts Festival - National Gallery of Iceland
Piano exhibition and performances
The exhibition examines the piano in the context of contemporary society; as an instrument and an experimental platform for composers and musicians but also as the subject of visual artists and choreographers. The participating artists explore different aspects of the instrument; its form, its mechanism, the soundboard and strings, its wooden case, as well as the piano’s history and our perception of it.
The exhibition includes works by Aðalheiður S. Eysteinsdóttir, Björn Roth, Oddur Roth and Einar Roth, Dieter Roth and Björn Roth, Einar Torfi Einarsson, Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir, Margrét Bjarnadóttir, Nikulás Stefán Nikulásson, Pál Ívan Pálsson og Rafael Pinho. Many of the pieces have been made specifically for the exhibition.
S7 – Suðurgata >> Árbær (not in service) is an exhibition and publication based on the initiative Gallery Suðurgata 7. The initiative, named after its location, ran from 1977 to 1982 in central Reykjavík. Organized by young artists at the time, it hosted a variety of cultural events, art exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and performances and instigated a platform for critical dialogue with the publication of an art magazine, Svart á hvítu (Black on White). The project is an attempt to examine the history of the initiative and its importance as well as to contextualize it in contemporary art and thus shape a new narrative.