Life in a Day
Wollerau (Zurich), Switzerland. Diller Daniels is pleased to announce its launch as a destination project for Icelandic artists’ works to be seen and celebrated outside of their geographical bounds. The inaugural exhibition, debuting March 18, 2021, is entitled Life in a Day, and features works by Sigtryggur Berg and Steingrímur Gauti.
Steingrímur Gauti (b. 1986) and Sigtryggur Berg (b. 1977), have known each other for a number of years. While Steingrímur is a painter and Sigtryggur favors works on paper and energetic, sonological performances, they share an affinity for emotion and a near-disregard for the formal tenets of art making. Their joint exhibition will present a total of 16 works, and also offer a multi-tonal experience for the visitor navigating the space.
Steingrimur’s large canvases are filled with abstract markings in a restricted palette—perhaps a nod to the artist’s interest in Zen aesthetics. The storm-like paintings evoke the vestiges of memory and the subconscious and incite the viewer to read his own inner thoughts into the artist’s compositions. Of his friend’s paintings, Sigtryggur says, “it’s like he’s making something out of chaos. There’s an impulsiveness and quickness to it that I think connects to my own work, even though my work is more figurative.”
Sigtryggur was Steingrimur’s professor at Iceland University of the Arts, and emphasized the process and experience of artmaking as elemental. Sigtryggur’s figurative drawings are colorful and full of action—the opposite of Steingrimur’s abstract mindscapes. There is a clear melancholy and absurdity to the drawings, and the viewer can feel a palpable lyrical quality that comes from the music that feeds into Sigtryggur’s creative process.
As the viewer traverses both internal and external worlds through the work of these two artists, he will feel almost as if he has gone through the emotions of his whole life—hence the title of the exhibition, Life in a Day.
While the space’s reach will extend around the world thanks to its viewing room technology, Diller Daniels’ physical location just outside of Zurich offers a unique and intimate art viewing experience. Located on the second floor of a newly renovated traditional Swiss chalet-style-house, the space is at once cozy and expansive, thoughtful and guiding. A wood-burning fireplace is not far from the terrace overlooking the town, which connects to the core of this upper level: the main exhibition cube. It is here, nested in the center core of the space, that visitors will ultimately halt, or arrive, before completing their journey. The space offers a domestic context to the works of art, aimed at creating a sense of respite and private connection to the artworks.
For the full experience, detailed images and available works, please visit our online viewing room xo