A miniature theater hangs from the ceiling of an empty, unlit storefront space. A single spotlight illuminates the theater’s stage, casting wild shadows that permeate the space and break through onto the street. The stage hangs precariously, a suspended moment of tension irradiating from within. As the day unfolds and the sun sets, the shadows grow stronger, marking time with their formidable presence. Though lit the stage is empty, the theatrics of such architecture being transposed to the shadow play within the space.
Real and imagined, miniature yet enormous, Katrin Sigurdardóttir’s site-specific installation, Stage, pushes beyond the physical boundaries of the storefront, compelling an immediate, direct, and intimate encounter for the passer-by. Emphasizing the relationship between inside-outside and passage-enclosure, Stage causes viewers to rethink their own perception of space, assuming an unexpected mise-en-scène that blurs what “is”, and what is imagined.
About the Artist
Katrin Sigurdardóttir was born in Iceland and currently lives and works between Reykjavik and New York. In the last 15 years, her works have been shown extensively in Europe, North and South America and are included in numerous public and private collections. Her most recent solo exhibitions include The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Suburban, Chicago, Eleven Rivington, New York, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Galeria Leme Sao Paulo, Brazil and FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation and The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Brooklyn Rail, Art Papers, Die Zeit, Vogue, Surface Magazine, Modern Painters, ArtNews, Flash Art and Artforum International.
Katrin Sigurdardottir. Stage, 2012. Images courtesy the artist.