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Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Dinning Room, Hallway, Bathroom, Coat Closet, 2012, Hydrocal, wood, 46 x 28 x 24".

Katrín Sigurðardóttir

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Katrín Sigurðardóttir, Dinning Room, Hallway, Bathroom, Coat Closet, 2012, Hydrocal, wood, 46 x 28 x 24".

Ellefu,” an exhibition by Katrín Sigurðardóttir, comprised three structures representing cross-sectioned portions of the artist’s childhood home at Langahlíð 11, Reykjavík, Iceland. Ellefu means “eleven” in Icelandic, and its consonance with the gallery’s name, Eleven Rivington, was entirely appropriate to the various keys of order and disorientation that the installation produced.

The four-foot-tall structures are made of plaster poured into basswood frames, chalky white and adorned only with the natural lines of the wood. They resemble overgrown architectural maquettes, more ideal than real. Parts of each are missing—a floor here, a wall there—and the roofs are gone; doors open on to other doors, stairways mount to tiny platforms. The act of comprehending how these segments fit together, of mentally constructing a floor plan, is difficult, in part because our usual

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