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Sýningaropnun: MERKILINA//LINE OF REASONING

MERKILÍNA//LINE OF RESAONING 16.06 – 29.07 2018

Laugardaginn 16. júlí opnar Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson – Prent & vinir – sýninguna MERKILÍNA//LINE OF REASONING í Úthverfu á Ísafirði.

Á sýningunni Merkilína – Line of Reasoning í Gallerí Úhverfu sýnir Sigurður Atli stór tjöruprent sem prentuð voru á Ísafirði með jarðvegsþjöppu.

Síðastliðin ár hafa Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson og Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson unnið saman að verkefninu Prent & vinir og sýnt í Hafnarborg, Nýlistasafninu, Myndhöggvarafélaginu, Harbinger, Íslenskri grafík, Listasafni Reykjavíkur, Listasafni Íslands, í New York, Aþenu og víðar. Innsetningar þeirra vinna með hugmynda- og aðferðafræði prentlistarinnar í ýmsum birtingarmyndum. Núverandi innsetning þeirra á Listasafni Íslands svipar til sjoppu við Miðjarðarhafið, en innsetningin nýtist einnig sem kennslustofa, kaffistofa, sýningarstaður og félagsmiðstöð.

Sýningin í Úthverfu opnar kl. 16 á laugardaginn og stendur til sunnudagsins 29. júlí 2018.

Sérstakar þakkir fá Romano Zaugg og Kate Kennedy fyrir aðstoð við prentun og undirbúning sýningarinnar.
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Text by Kate Kennedy

In Line of Reasoning, Sigurður Atli Sigurðsson manipulates a two-word conversation and repetitive imagery to explore the complex relationship between language and meaning. His word prints have dual roles as mimetic objects and abstract representations of language that evoke the human condition and challenge its conventions.
Sigurður Atli exploits language’s function as a tool for communication by highlighting the importance of each process he uses. A clear relationship is constructed between productivity within Icelandic society and the artistic production of each print as each woodcut is printed using organic wood tar sourced in Ísafjörður. The soil compressor used to press each woodcut further alludes the series to mechanical and industrial productivity. When exhibited together, the prints form a metaphorical production line which captures the recurring structure of everyday life.

Language is used within the series as a social agent and potentially contestory activity. Merkilína, industrial string that translates into English as ‘line of reasoning’, is monoprinted onto the canvas using puddles of tar. In order to communicate effectively, an individual’s line of reasoning is required to be logical and coherent, whereas the tar is viscous and has a pungent odour that activates the senses.

It is possible to consider that there is performativity present within printmaking through its creation of successive conversations. However, truth and ideals change with context; definite meaning cannot be transmitted through linguistic communication as each individual holds different value systems. In Exchange of Words, the simple conversation of “What?” and “Nothing.” is endlessly complex and entirely subjective as each viewer’s perception has the power to control the meaning of each word.

Line of Reasoning highlights how multiple potential readings of words can lead to miscommunication. Sigurður Atli uses printmaking as an important system of signs to depict language describing its own limitations. It is the viewer’s task to determine the nature of the conversation by reflecting upon their own personal experiences.
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