Gerald Peters Gallery Contemporary

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Janda Wetherington
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“For me, the split second of photographing the mountain in front of me is only the beginning of a long and arduous process of painstakingly drawing that mountain into my psyche. Weeks or months on end I sit in my studio and draw. This is a spiritual process that gives me the artist the opportunity to connect. I have taken a good deal of time to draw painstakingly the special mountains (“duomos”) of Iceland, a place without any but modern architecture. Every place on my beloved island has a distinct mountain to its background. That fire has been rekindled by countless walks in The Sangre de Cristo Mountains above Santa Fe and the surrounding Mesas. This is partly a spiritual quest to gain some real experiences countering everything else. I am a
sculptor by nature and there is something magical about “volume” which I carve deeper into.

My existential projections become the substance of my art as I balance my Nordic passive aggressiveness with my new high desert dimension. I am socially aware and always consider the site specific-ness of working in various environments. My life will always be my metaphorical inspiration in art.

What I see and experience firsthand is the foundation, upon which I erect my artistic creations. Therefore, I consider myself a
“conceptual” artist with an emphasis on the existential. I use my private and public circumstances to reflect upon the “human condition” in my art without overpowering either the private or the public.
I acknowledge the OTHER but believe in ONE-NESS of the Universe.”
Magnus Sigurdarson

Magnus has exhibited at Reykjavik Art Museum, the Icelandic Consulate in Berlin, Dimensions Variable, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens and Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Sigurdarson studied art at Studio Cecil and Graves, Florence, Italy (1988), The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts (1992) and Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA (1997). He is a Fulbright Scholarship Recipient with multiple grants and awards. His works are included in the collections of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami Beach; Alberto Chebebar, Miami Beach; Collezione La Gaia, Busca, Italy, MDD – Museum Dhondt – Dhaenes, Gent, Belgium; The Icelandic National Gallery, Reykjavik; The Reykjavik Municipal Museum, Reykjavik; The Related Group, Miami and The Private Collection of Emmanuel Javogue, Miami. He currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.