KATRIN SIGURDARDOTTIR

卡特琳·西于尔扎多蒂
Катрин Сигурдардоттир

Boiserie

KATRÍN SIGURDARDÓTTIR

source: interviewmagazine
Katrín Sigurdardóttir’s sculptures and installations redefine preconceptions surrounding architecture, history, and memory. Her work is defined by lack of presence: rooms without people or color, and interiors pared down to anonymous essentials that quietly exist as markers of the artist’s specific memories. In 2003’s Impasse II, for example, the artist recreated the façade of her childhood elementary school as a miniature. Without any specific reference to location, or details, the piece appears almost as an architectural study—its poetics only revealed upon the acquisition of background information.
Sigurdardóttir often employs exacting processes like cartography or architectural model making into her work, but the tension lies in the inexact nature of what she is rendering. In this way, Sigurdardóttir is less concerned with the language of architecture than with the architecture of language, with fluid nuances and room for reinterpretation and projection. In 2012’s Stage, the artist displayed a miniature theater stage, suspended in an empty storefront and illuminated by a spotlight. It is this masterful control of information, which renders in viewers an empty hollowness, at once lovely and intriguing.
Currently based in New York, Sigurdardóttir will be representing Iceland at the 55th Venice Biennale, opening in June. It is a well-deserved honor for the artist, who has exhibited, lectured, and diligently and prolifically created at a diverse array of venues, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, and Art in General.
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source: bombsite
Katrín Sigurdardóttir is a New York–based Icelandic artist whose sculptures and installations explore entanglements of body, perception, and memory. I first met Sigurdardóttir in January of 1998, shortly after I arrived in Iceland on a Fulbright grant. I remember sitting on the floor of the artist’s Reykjavík flat as she opened a small wooden case and began removing shallow wood boxes, each containing a miniature landscape. Just when I thought she was finished, another landscape would emerge. The nested landscapes—17 in all—reproduced public parks in cities where she’d lived (including San Francisco, New York City, and Reykjavík). Sigurdardóttir’s work—with its conflation of home and public space—sparked a conversation, ongoing still, about sculpture and experiences of place.
Over the years, Sigurdardóttir’s work has repeatedly explored the relationship between embodied experiences of place and imaginary or conceptual constructions of space. The artist often uses hobbyist miniatures or architectural models to set up contrasts in scale. High Plane V (2007), at MoMA PS1, was a large structure with steps leading to a platform through which the viewers poked their heads into a landscape of mountainous islands. The visitors’ heads became part of the landscape and invaded the panorama of uninhabited nature. Home, as an elusive braiding of memory and fantasy, was evoked in the artist’s 2012 exhibitions at Eleven Rivington in New York City and Meessen De Clerq in Brussels with works from the series based on scale models of sections (facades, halls, doorways) of the artist’s childhood home on Langahlíð 11 in Reykjavík.
In 2010 to 2011, Sigurdardóttir’s site-specific project for the Metropolitan Museum, Boiserie, reproduced two of the museum’s 18th-century period rooms. The artist’s meticulous rendering of decorative surfaces was bleached of color and reduced in scale, conceptualizing the museumgoer’s encounter with historical objects. As Iceland’s representative at this year’s Venice Biennale, Sigurdardóttir’s project (which will travel from Venice on to Reykjavík and New York’s SculptureCenter) is an architectural intervention that furthers the artist’s interest in scale, embodied experiences of place, and the staging of views.
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source: exibart

Katrín Sigurdardóttir nasce a Reykjavík nel 1967, e per oltre 25 anni ha lavorato in bilico tra gli Stati Uniti e la lontana isola del nord. L’approdo veneziano arriva ora, a rappresentanza proprio dell’Islanda, in un Padiglione “fluttuante” e dalle dimensioni tutt’altro che canoniche: Fondation, questo il titolo del lavoro che si svilupperà nella zona della Vecchia Lavanderia a Palazzo Zenobio, è una piattaforma galleggiante coperta da piastrelle ornamentali di ispirazione barocca, di circa 90 metri quadrati. Il contorno della struttura architettonica prende forma dall’impronta di un tipico padiglione del XVII secolo, intersecando gli spazi interni ed esterni dell’edificio ausiliario.

Nato sull’idea di esplorazione della memoria, e sull’essere parte del paesaggio, dell’architettura e dell’urbanismo, il progetto dopo Venezia si sposterà prima verso il Reykjavík Art Museum e poi allo Sculpture Center di Long Island City. Entrando nel lavoro, i visitatori dovranno passare attraverso le porte troncate dell’edificio, ma potranno anche salire fino al tetto dell’edificio e guardare dall’alto la grande “impronta” della scultura e il suo complicato modello che mima un po’ anche la condizione dell’Islanda non solo nella sua geografia di isola, ma anche come partecipazione alla Biennale, sprovvista di un vero Padiglione ai Giardini dal 2007; la struttura senza corpo e galleggiante di Sigurdardóttir serve quindi anche da metafora per il contorno del proprio spazio nazionale.

Realizzata a mano dall’artista e dal suo team, Sigurdardóttir ha scelto di utilizzare per la pavimentazione una serie di materiali d’arte invece, anziché rivestimenti di pavimenti tradizionali, sottolineando l’idea di una “scultura” che lo spettatore consuma ad ogni passo. E l’Italia del titolo? C’entra eccome, perché le curatrici del progetto saranno Ilaria Bonacossa, direttrice del Museo di Villa Croce di Genova, e Maria Ceruti, Executive Director e Chief Curator allo Sculpture Center. L’Islanda, alla Biennale dal 1960, quest’anno ha scelto Sigurdardóttir grazie ad una giuria composta da Dorothée Kirch, Direttore dell’Icelandic Art Center, Olof Kristin Sigurdardottir, direttore di Hafnarborg Centre of Culture and Fine Art e dall’artista Hildur Bjarnadóttir, nonché dall’ex Padiglione Islandese Ragnar Kjartansson e Olafur Gislason, storico dell’arte.