REYKJAVIK, ICELAND.- Sign Gallery announced the fifth exhibit in a series of bi-yearly collaborations with both national and international artists. Saturday December 20th 2008, between 17.00 and 19.00, the show of Peter Lamb opens on the Sign Gallery, Dugguvogur 3, 104, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Peter's show bears the title t-rex: how outdoor living should feel. The work is a t-rex dinosaur in neon. The economic crisis in Iceland has given Peter food for thought and he links it to the sentiment that a dinosaur provokes.
Peter says "The show title is taken from an outdoor clothing company website. I have been reading on the internet how Icelanders feel the country overstretched itself, got greedy. There seems to be an attitude that suggests people preferred not to have gotten 'carried away' and stayed as they were. So the title seems to link to that, to stay a true Icelander or something, not to get too influenced by others/materialism etc. To remember how outdoor living should feel! brrrrr....."
About the work itself, Peter says: "The original drawing of the dinosaur was made by my son. I liked the idea of a fresh, childlike image to suggest newness. But also a dinosaur is something extinct, old. I wanted to use neon, a traditional method for signage. To then make it red ('natural' neon colour) infers something raw, hot, angry or menacing. Volcanic even. Red could suggest being 'in the red' i.e. to be in debt. The accidental two heads drawn by my son look like a double-headed monster. Or perhaps suggest blurred vision".
Peter who lives and works in London, England, has been very active as an artist and a curator. He has on several occasions come to Iceland and his works have been shown in Kopavogur Art Museum, The Living Arts Museum and The Corridor Gallery.
Sign Gallery is an outdoor gallery, in the form of a sign. The works can be seen from the street so there are no formal opening hours. Sign Gallery is curated by Birgir Snaebjorn Birgisson and Sigrun Sigvaldadottir. It is located at Dugguvogur 3, 104 Reykjavik, Iceland.