CEAC exhibition Inside the Outside by Erling T.V. Klingenberg & Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir

Inside the Outside / Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir & Erling T.V. Klingenberg (Iceland)

Inside the Outside / Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir & Erling T.V. Klingenberg (Iceland)

Opening: 511 Saturday at 17:00 / Duration: 5 / 11– 6 / 15
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 13:00 – 17: 30

Chinese European Art Center, 3rd Floor, Siming South Road 400, Xiamen,

+86(0) 592 2180850 / info@ceac99.org  /  www.ceac99.org

Sirra’s work often seems to find its footing on a thin line between art and entertainment, catching the viewer’s attention without revealing careful artistic investigations into the colour spectrum and principles of movement and space. Certain personal symbols bear reference to art history, the status of the artist, statistical information, scientific theories and topographical contexts.

The works of SirraSigrúnSigurðardóttiron display in the exhibition Inside the outside are made here in Xiamen during the last two months. Drawings and photographs that have been inspired by objects, places and rituals found while exploring the city and its rural surrounding.

A 300 years old Euphoria Longana tree in Zhaojiabao,  it´s thriving crown the most impossible sight with its paper-thin trunk, withered away by time. Owing its bloom entirely to the support carefully placed by its co-inhabitants in the village.

Fragile tree branches that are placed under a huge boulder as if to support its place in the world.Symbolic gestures, turning the world upside down – for a moment – magical moments.

From an image of a black hole to a Bi-disk that becomes a doughnut, cut diagonally in half to reveal a hidden geometry.

A shape or form can be informative in and on itself and reflect both on historical and philosophical questions, as well as the quest of beauty. Each form has elements that touch the viewer in different ways, while interpreting information or theories that the viewer might be familiar with, sense, or not notice at all. Art history is riddled with quests for beauty, while social influences form or effect what is deciphered or perceived as beauty. The quest for beauty can, therefore, take on different forms. Scientists present their theories in equations where each symbol holds meaning for those who know how to read them. In the eyes of the scientist, the equation as a whole has aesthetic value. This value is not only in what instantly meets the eye but also in the deciphering of the symbols, the message they carry, and the knowledge they convey. Thus, the beauty of the equation is not the same for those who know the world behind it and those who look at it in the context of form studies or simply as beautiful writing.

Sirra Sigrun Sigurdardottir graduated from School of Visual Arts with MFA in Art Practice 2013, the Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2001 and studied Art Theory at the University of Iceland from 2003 to 2004.  She is one of the founders of the artist-run space Kling & Bang (2003) in Reykjavik and has in that capacity organized a number of exhibitions and projects. She has exhibited extensively in Iceland and internationally. Solo shows at Reykjavík Art Museum, The Living Art Museum, Kling & Bang and Dorothea Schlueter gallery. Group shows and collaborations include VedenVarassa, Amos Andersons konstmuseum, Helsinki,CIVILIZATION – Monumental Materialism, Colony, PS1 MOMA, New York, The Space Between Now and Then, Galería OMR, Mexico City, Tower of Now,No Soul For Sale, Festival of Independents, Tate Modern, Turbine Hall, London, UK, SirkusFrieze Projects, Regents Park, London, UK and Sundogs, Truck Gallery, Calgary, Canada.

Erling T.V. Klingenberg appears often in his work when he uses art history as a form of objective presentation and subjective images. His working methods fluctuate between the challenging and the sincere, while allowing obtrusive emotions to enter his work.

Erling puts the concept of artist into an unexpected and humorous context, just like in his motto; “it´s hard to be an Artist in a Rockstar Body”.His obsession with defining the role of the artist in this “Rock Star” based society is what takes him to actually investigate not what the artist does but how he does it. Therefore, it is not in the final product but in the process that his interests lie.

Erling wants to challenge the given foundations of visual art and stretch beyond them, while at the same time stretching beyond the conscious framework of his own creativity.

Erling T.V. Klingenberg´s works at CEAC are bronze castings from lumps of clay, paper sculpture, clay sculptures and a sign for it all.Body is the key here.They all have in common that it´s about the artist´s body, and the idea of creation. Most of the works are either made by using the artist´s body directly or they include a material from his body.

The three bronze sculptures have fingerprints and black holes. We peep through a hole on the surface because touching is forbidden, and we feel the presence of an infinite source, a well that grows blacker and deeper the longer we look. In these black holes we find clues of the force that at once destroys all and creates all.

At a closer examination it does not come as a surprise that Erling T.V. Klingenberg has in creating these works, seized the material with conviction and brandished the body part that identifies his gender and thrust through the hard surface and created an infinite hole.

In these actions some hairs fell off the artist, that he then used to create two clay sculptures.  Is it possible these sculptures are positive holes? Or are they simply a support for the hair?

Maybe the answer can be found in the paper sculpture?

The works themselves are satirical manifestations of the attempt to create art, where all that comes across is the echo of their creator.

Erling T.V. Klingenberg studied at the Icelandic College of Art & Craft and graduated from there in 1994.  He also studied at the Hochschule fur BildendeKunst in Frankfurt am Main and in Kiel in Germany.  From there he went to Halifax, Canada and graduated 1997 with a MFA degree from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.

Erling T.V. Klingenberg has both exhibited in his native Iceland and abroad, f.ex. in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden, Netherland, Ireland, Poland, USA, Canada and China.

Beside his own practice, Erling is one of the founders of Kling & Bang gallery (2003) that also ran the artist base KlinK and BanK 2004 and 2005. He has, with his colleagues at Kling & Bang, organized and collaborated on various project with many other artists, such as Sheep Plug with Jason Rhoades and Paul McCarthy, the film Skipholt with John Bock, Two Hanks with David Askevold, Hugris with Gelitin and the Sirkus Bar at Frieze Project (Frieze Art Fair 2008).