Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir and Gunter Damisch at Hafnarhús 1 November

Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, Panopticon, 2014

Exhibitions by the artists Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir (b. 1977) and Gunter Damisch from Austria (b. 1958) will be opened at Hafnarhús on 1 November at 4 p.m.

The exhibition by Sirra Sigrún is called Flatland. The title Flatland is a reference, among other things, to a book of that title published in 1884, a satirical portrayal of the social hierarchy using the language of mathematics and geometry.

Sirra Sigrún studied art at the Iceland Academy of the Arts and at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She has shown her work widely both in Iceland and abroad, among other places at the Reykjavík Art Museum and at the Tate Modern in London. Sirra Sigrún is one of the founders/owners of the Kling & Bang Gallery in Reykjavík, and is one of Iceland‘s leading artists.

Gunter Damisch´s exhibition is called Worlds and Ways. It is a selection of works by Gunter him from the 1980s to 2013. On display are both graphic works which Damisch has given the Reykjavík Art Museum and a selection of other works by him. The works are highly individual in iconography and mythology and oscillate between figuration and abstraction. The exhibition includes early works from the 1980s and Damisch’s recent monumental woodcuts, monotypes, and printed collages. Damisch prints works in all technics but lately he has used sheets of industrial ply-wood panels as the plates. Damisch will talk about his exhibition on 2 November at 3 p.m.

The artist (born in Steyr/Upper Austria in 1958) became known in the wake of the Neue Wilde or the New Wild Ones, a loose group of young artists responding to the internationally proclaimed downfall of painting with expressive, colourful pictures. Since 1992 the artist has held a professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.