20. July 2010 – 30. September 2010 · 10:17 am

Good news from Iceland

So recently dominating the headlines, the unusual nature and climate of Iceland is very much an inherent part of its residents. Much like the close proximity to nature reflected in the work of Icelandic artist Sigrún Ólafsdóttir – especially in one of her main themes: equilibrium. Sigrún, who now lives in Germany, is showing her works for the first time in Saxony with the opening of her exhibition at the German Workshops on 21 July. The exhibition hosted by the Workshops Gallery at the company’s Dresden/Hellerau premises features approximately 25 mostly new pieces. “Because this is the first time Sigrún is exhibiting in Saxony, we also wanted to include some of her earlier works to give an idea of her artistic development,” explains Colin Ardley, curator of the Workshops Gallery. Large sculptures of steel and aluminium, a series of smaller works, mostly scale models for larger projects in public places and elsewhere, and a large suspended piece are all on display. Other sculptures made from Latex and wood as well as large-scale ink drawings complete the exhibition. Sigrún’s fascination with equilibrium carries through her entire body of work, all of which is finely balanced. There are thus also pieces incorporating ball bearings and one which is in constant, yet barely perceptible, motion. She also reveals an unusual relationship between her drawings and sculptures: The pronounced linear structure to her sculptures feels like drawings extending through space. At the heart of Sigrún’s work is the search for equilibrium between contrasts. The works live from the potential possibilities in the transition from one position to the next and draw their strength from such concepts. The point of rest, the equilibrium, is coaxed from the pendulating motion. Stability and fragility need to interact in order to produce the moment of equilibrium as the internal motion gives way to the outward manifestation. Duration of exhibition: 21 July until 2 October 2010; Location: Deutsche Werkstätten, Moritzburger Weg 68, 01109 Dresden Opening hours: Monday until Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. (not on holdidays). Entrance free.