Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson | Appart_323, Paris, France.
Appart_323, Paris, France.
9. April – 10. April 2016
Situated on the 25th floor of a building in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, Appart_323 is a private apartment that shows works of art by Icelandic artists or artists linked to the Icelandic art scene. These exhibitions – organized informally and in a friendly capacity – take place once or twice a year, offering visitors the opportunity during a weekend to meet and discuss with the artist.
Last weekend Icelandic artist Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson was the one to open an exhibition at Appart_323.
Sigurdur Árni Sigurdsson (b. 1963) is a painter of shadows, pictorially representing shade cast by objects that are not represented. Yet his “hole” paintings, in which he leaves circles of exposed ground—holes that have their own painted shadows—reveal the true subject of Sigurdur’s work. In his words, he aims to “reach through the paint to the bare canvas beyond it, in effect to create a world in between the oil paint and the canvas.” Testing the relationship between subject and ground, and the figurative and the abstract, Sigurdur creates a sense of spatial uncertainty and calls forth the viewer’s imagination to determine what is seen and what is not.