Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir (b. 1977) graduated from School of Visual Arts with MFA in Art Practice 2013, the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001 and  studied Art Theory at the University of Iceland from 2003 to 2004.  She is one of the founders of Kling & Bang gallery in Reykjavik and has in that capacity organized  a number of exhibitions and projects, including John Bock’s film Skipholt (2005) and Kling & Bang’s Sirkus for Frieze projects (2008). Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir has exhibited extensively in Iceland and internationally.

Sirra’s work often seems to find its footing on a thin line between art and entertainment, catching the viewer’s attention without revealing careful artistic investigations into the color spectrum and principles of movement and space. Certain personal symbols bear reference to art history, the status of the artist, statistical information, scientific theories and topographical contexts.

 

Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir 

Laugavegur 132

105 Reykjavik

mobile +354 697 33 73

sirra@this.is

Education:                                                                                                                            

2011 –  2013    Art Practice, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA – MFA degree

2003 – 2004    University of Iceland, Department of Philosophy, Art Theory. Reykjavik, Iceland.

1997 – 2001    Art Academy of Iceland, BA degree, Mixed Media dep. Reykjavik, Iceland.

1996 – 1997    Icelandic College of Art & Craft, Reykjavik, Iceland.


Selected solo exhibitions:                                                                                                     

2015

LA Museum, Hveragerði Iceland, (Reykajvik Art Festival)

 

2014    

 Flatland, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland.

2013  

 Fractions, Hafnarborg,Museum, Hafnarfjord, Iceland.

2008    

Uncertainty principle, Kling & Bang gallery, Reykjavik Art Festival. Reykjavik, Iceland

Basement, Torstasse 111, Berlin, Germany

2007    

Fata Morgana, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

2005   

Movements, Kling & Bang gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

2003    

Installation  Really /Alvoru, Art festival of Arborg., Selfoss, Iceland.

Mokuleki, collaboration with Erling T.V. Klingenberg, Skaftfell, Cultural Centre.  

Seydisfjordur, Iceland.

2002    

Senses of Balance, Kompan. Akureyri, Iceland.

 

Selected group exhibitions:         

                                                                                  

2015

Culture center - Verksmiðjan Hjalteyri, Akureyri

ASI Art Museum, Reykjavík

 

2014     

   Due North,  Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia, PA. US.

   Form, Listamenn, Reykjavik Iceland

2013    

Another fourfold, Interstate projects, New York, US.

CIVILIZATION - Monumental Materialism, Colony, PS1 MOMA, New York, US.

Cypher, The Sphinx, New York, US.

 Portraits, ASÍ Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland.

 24 Spaces – en kakofoni, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

    

2012      

Landmarken, (Two man show) Dorothea Schlueter gallerí, Hamborg, Germany.  

Make a mountain out of a molehill, (Two man show) 68 Square Metres Art Space, Copenhagen,        Denmark. (+ residency)

13th Annual Conference of the Dieter Roth Academy, Institute for (X), Aarhus, Denmark.

Place, displace, replace, Art Practice in Situ, (and curating) an exhibition in School of  Visual Art's Gallery, New York, US. 

Tremor, The Demented Diamond of Kling & Bang's Confected Video Archive,  Reykjavík Art Festival,The Reykjavík Art Museum, Reykjavik Iceland. 

SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, US

 

2011      

The Space Between Now and Then, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Mexico

Trolley presents TJ Boulting presenting Kling & Bang presenting The Confected Video Archive, TJ Boulting, London, UK

The Big Picture, Nuna-Now Art festival, Ace Art, Winnipeg, Canada. (+ residency)

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland

2010    

Tower of Now, No Soul For Sale, Festival of Independents, Tate Modern, Turbine hall,  London, UK

Time, Dionysia international residency, Gallery Dynjandi Bildudal, Iceland

Acknowledging knowledge, LA Museum, Hveragerdi, Iceland 

2009    

Iceland meets Berlin, Emerson gallery, Berlin, Germany

 Rainbow, Skaftfell Book Store, Seydisfjordur, Iceland

One month residency in Upernavik north west Greenland

2008    

Sundogs, Truck Gallery, Calgary, Canada. (+ residency)

Sirkus, Frieze Projects - Frieze Art Fair,  Regents Park, London, UK

2007    

Islandia, Skolska 28 gallery, Prague, Czech Republic (+ residency)

Kling & Bang VS Torstrasse 111, Torstrasse 111, Berlin, Germany

2006    

The Apostles’ Clubhouse, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland 

Glocal, Ground One, Festival Expo, Quartair Contemporary Art initiatives, Hague, Netherlands

6th Annual Conference of the Dieter Roth Academy, Gulangyu Institute, Xiamen, China

Idea of North, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada

2005      

Patricide and Witchtime, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland

BerlInvasion - Berliner Liste, Klink and Bank Invasion, Old Vitra-Design Museum, Berlin,            

5th Annual Conference of the Dieter Roth Academy, Reykjavik Art  Festival, Reykjavik Art Museum

2004    

Dreams of Dystopia KlinK and BanK, Reykjavik, Iceland. (curating)

Winter Mass, The Nordic House, Reykjavik, Iceland.

In between – among others, the Cube gallery, Iceland Academy of the Arts,

4th Annual Conference of the Dieter Roth Academy, Lubeck, Germany

Summerdays, LA museum, Hveragerdi, Iceland

The Garden, Klink & BanK, Reykjavik Iceland,

Vision & Sound, KlinK og BanK, Reykjavik, Iceland    

I kolli minum geymi eg gullid, KlinK and BanK, Reykjavik, Iceland            

In-novation, Ice-tech, Reykjavik, Iceland (curating)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Other art related projects & positions:                                                                     

 

2003 -  now       Kling & Bang gallery: Founder / owner

2004 - 2005    KlinK & BanK artists’ base: Founder

2002 – 2004    Board member of The Living Art Museum 

2006 – 2009    Board member of Sequences Real Time Art Festival

2001 – 2009    Museum guide and educator at Reykjavik Art Museum. 

2009 – 2011    Public program manager, Reykjavik Art Museum.

 

2001-2002    Dieter Roth estate, archives

2004 -2005    Sheep Plug, Jason Rhoades and Paul McCarthy, production and performance, exhibition  Dionysiac, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

2005       Production of and performance in John Bock ‘s film Skipholt

2007        Installation of Steingrimur Eyfjord’s The Golden Plover Has Arrived, for the Icelandic Pavilion 

2008        Sirkus, Frieze Projects - Frieze Art Fair,  Regents Park, London, UK

Stipends and awards:                                                                                                          

2006        Visual Artists’ stipend of  Iceland’s Ministry of Culture: 6 months

2007-2009    Visual Artists’ stipend of  Iceland’s Ministry of Culture: 24 months

2008        The Dungal Art Fund - Award  

2011        Visual Artists’ stipend of  Iceland’s Ministry of Culture: 6 months

2012        The Svavar Gudnason  - Award

2013        Gudmunda Andresdottir – Award

2014        Visual Artists’ stipend of  Iceland’s Ministry of Culture: 6 months

Membership:                                                                                                                        

The Living Art Museum 

The Reykjavik Association of Sculptors     

The Dieter Roth Academy

ICOM The International Council of Museums

Selected press and publications:                                                                                                                             

Modern Painters, 24 Artist to watch, December issue, 2012, p. 73

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik,  Iceland, 2011

100, A survey of younger international contemporary artists, author Francesca Gavin,  Laurence King, London, 2011.

Acknowledging knowledge, LA Museum, Hveragerdi, Iceland, 2010.

Icelandic Art Today, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, Germany, 2009

The Apostles’ Clubhouse, Reykjavik Art Museum,  Reykjavik, Iceland, 2006

P.s Postilla - A parallel study on Apostels, Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland, 2008

Tivoli, LA Museum, Hveragerdi, Iceland, 2005

All to the boats, Skaftfell and The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2002

Uncertainty principle, Kling & Bang gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008.

Skaftfell a faeri, Roth-Verlag, Mosfellsbae, Iceland, 2002