Anglim Gilbert Gallery is pleased to present A Studio In Iceland, a group exhibition of works made in the
exceptional environment of a farm house in Iceland. At the invitation of Icelandic artist Þórdís A. Sigurðardóttir,
six American artists used her studio building at different times and in different seasons for a special experience of
nature, encounter and retreat. Sometimes as a group and sometimes alone the artists responded to both
landscape and the spartan space, producing work that melds their practices with the character and culture of
John and Nina Zurier have been regularly visiting and making work in Iceland the past few years. Both in
summer and winter, they have relished the atmosphere and light play of long days and long nights. John’s
abstract paintings and watercolors have been inspired by the immediacy of Icelandic weather and landscape; the
elements of water, air and earth as felt and observed. Nina Zurier will present “Til Íslands”, a suite of eight blackand-
white photographic prints that capture snapshots of a stark landscape rich in texture and energy. The works
draw parallels to her recent exhibition, “If I Had Been (Ef ég hefði verið)” in Iceland at the Reykjavik Museum of
Photography. The catalog from that exhibition will be available during the exhibition.
Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, Hunter Buck and Emma Ulen-Klees engaged with the studio space as a
close-knit group. Deborah Butterfield gathered dead wood and weathered, colorful broken jetsam to conjure up
small sculptures that pay homage to the small breed of Icelandic horses and, one might think, Icelandic faeries.
These unusual works magically infuse colorful abstraction into the horse form. John Buck carved the comical
“SNAEFELLSNES” woodblock to depict images of Iceland as compiled from the gamut of folklore to natural
observation. The exhibition features the woodblock in its entirety, standing over five feet high, and subsequent
rubbing in nero crayon on paper.
Hunter Buck and Emma Ulen-Klees have visited and worked in Iceland several times. Hunter’s works on paper
address the texture and physicality of his materials and subject: “Intuition and improvisation fuel my process, the
conscious and unconscious relationship to the hand exposes the balance between primitive and refined.” Emma’s
drawings and writing respond to the landscape she describes as “enmeshed in a dialogue of self-creation and
Þórdís A. Sigurðardóttir’s practice is rooted in “the reuse of objects from our shared existence, as well as
elements and actions that relate us to nature.” Her piece for the exhibition features an interactive element
alongside images of found man-made landmarks in the open natural landscape of her home country.