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Uncertainty Principle, 2008, mixed media. Installation view.

Uncertainty Principle, 2008, mixed media. Installation view.


Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir

Kling & Bang
Grandagarður 20 Marshallhúsið / Marshallhouse
May 15–June 22, 2008

One of the most active artist-run spaces in Reykjavik, Kling & Bang, is hosting, on the occasion of the Reykjavik Arts Festival, an exhibition by one of the gallery's founders, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir. Titled “Uncertainty Principle,” it is an elaborate installation that occupies the vast space and integrates sculpture, video projections, and a photograph. A large construction made of colorful Plexiglas cubes stands atop a black-and-white chessboard drawn on the floor. The cubes rise from the ground, sketching the surreal skyline of a psychedelic town. In their stunning elegance and sensual forms, they suggest a futuristic museum in which the objects on display have gone missing. Surrounding the sculptures are three enormous video projections that animate the gallery walls with shapes and graphs recalling impenetrable mathematical equations or vintage sci-fi movies. Some feature found footage of old scientific experiments downloaded from the Internet, others computer renderings of the Plexiglas sculpture. As in a hall of mirrors, the projections and the sculptures reflect one another, creating an optical confusion that makes the experience of the piece even more hypnotic. On the left wall, a large-scale digital print depicts multiple waves of colors: The artist found an old scientific graph about evolution, from which she removed all the text to leave nothing more than sinuous curves of different hues. The installation evokes a parallel world, a walk-in Neo-Plastic abstraction defined by the infinite possibilities of composition and color.