Hayden and Reference Galleries

Katrín Sigurdardóttir: Drawing Apart

ShowingFebruary 13, 2015 - April 12, 2015

Hayden and Reference Galleries

Katrín Sigurdardóttir’s sculptural practice examines the way physical structures and boundaries affect perception. Her works gesture towards real locations, employing shifts in scale and fragmentation to systematically question the veracity of both memory and history. Sigurdardóttir’s exhibition at the MIT List Visual Arts Center will consist of two bodies of work recently completed as part of the commission for this project. The objects in the series Ellefu–Eleven in Icelandic–are abstracted, miniaturized constructions of interior segments of the artist’s childhood home in Reykjavík. For each of these floor-bound sculptures, the artist methodically regenerates cross-sections of rooms and passageways, their surfaces rendered without evidence of personal history. For the series Unbuilt Residences in Reykjavík, 1925-1930, Sigurdardóttir uses unrealized architectural drafts of houses to create models that are then destroyed by various means only to be reconstructed from the remains. The partially eroded structures evince a history simulated through a process as rehearsed and anticipated as it is left to chance.

About the Artist

Katrín Sigurdardóttir
(born 1967, Reykjavík, Iceland) lives and works in New York City.  She represented Iceland in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include SculptureCenter, New York; Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Renaissance Society, Chicago; S.M.A.K. Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; and FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France. 

Katrín Sigurdardóttir: Drawing Apart is curated by Jeffrey De Blois, Curatorial Fellow, and Paul C. Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center.

Press Release 

Support for this exhibition has been generously provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Julian & Barbara Cherubini, the Icelandic Visual Arts Fund, the Council for the Arts at MIT, the Office of the Associate Provost at MIT, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the MIT List Visual Arts Center Advisory Committee, and the Friends of the List.

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  • Katrín Sigurdardóttir
    Unbuilt 10 – N. Manscher Residence, Garðastræti 37 - Architect: Einar Erlendsson, 1929   
    Edition of 3 + a/p
    Courtesy the Artist and Meessen De Clercq, Brussels

  • Katrín Sigurdardóttir: Drawing Apart
    Installation view
    Photo: Peter Harris

  • Katrín Sigurdardóttir: Drawing Apart
    Installation view
    Photo: Peter Harris

  • Katrín Sigurdardóttir, Ellefu 4, Stairway,Hallway, 2012
    Hydrocal and wood
    Courtesy of the artist


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