Supra Terram at Islington’s Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is Icelandic artist Katrín Sigurðardóttir’s first major exhibition in a public London institution. Supra Terram is a large and ambitious grotto-like sculpture that extends through the ceiling of the ground floor gallery and into the one above. The ceiling/floor between the foundation’s lower and upper galleries literally slices horizontally through the sculpture.
Structurally, Supra Terram was created by the application of paper pulp over a wire-form supported on a wooden framework. As daylight passes into the cavity space through the translucent membrane it gives the work a lightness that contradicts its apparent mass.
Although influenced by the artist’s interest in folly architecture, the work itself is inspired by Sigurðardóttir’s interest in the dichotomies of perception present in nearly all matters of life, a theme that has been at the core of most of her works, from Boiserie (2010–2011), an installation she created for an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to Foundation (2013), which she built for the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Exhibition open until 8th August 2015
Tuesday–Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, 12 –5 pm
Monday by prior arrangement only
foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road
off City Road
London N1 7RW
Directions: Tube to Old Street or Angel
Buses: 43, 205 or 214 via City Road
About Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Founded in December 2004 by art historian and curator Dr. Ziba Ardalan, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art is a not-for-profit art institution that operates purely for the public benefit. Central to the Parasol unit philosophy is a total commitment to artists and their creative endeavour, an attitude which leads to a singular relationship developing between each exhibiting artist and the foundation.
Internationally recognised for its forward-thinking and challenging exhibition programme, Parasol unit has introduced a host of international artists to London’s public and has been instrumental in launching the careers of artists such as Michaël Borremans, Yang Fudong and Charles Avery.