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Ragnar Kjartansson

Scenes from Western Culture,(2015)

Scenes from Western Culture, 2015

Dog and Clock, 2015, 19 min.
Burning House, 2015, 01:32 min.
The Pool (Elizabeth Peyton), 2015, 24:37 min.
Guitar Lesson (Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir, Logi Pedro Stefánsson), 2015, 38 min.
Lovers (Ásrún Magnúsdottir and Atli Bollason), 2015, 38 min.
Dinner (Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran), 2015, 40:46 min.
The Boat (Stephen Stephensen, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir and Gyoa
Valtýsdóttir), 2015, 2 hours, 36 min.
Gentleman (Kjartan Sveinsson), 2015, 3 hours, 10 min.
Rich German Children (Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdottir), 2015, 52:46 min.

Hvor mange ganger kan man repetere et bilde, en setning eller en scene før det begynner å bli absurd? Ragnar Kjartanssons verk er ofte inspirert av det klassiske teaterets komedie og tragedie, og kjennetegnes av bruken av ekstrem gjentakelse. Scenes From Western Culture er en serie videoverk som viser fragmenter fra vestlig sivilisasjon. Hver video gjengir et slags tablå som i seg selv kan oppleves som behagelig og vakkert, men når scenen repeteres igjen og igjen, endres oppfatningen.

  • Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Nadia Caroline Andersen.
    Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Nadia Caroline Andersen.
  • Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Nadia Caroline Andersen.
    Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Nadia Caroline Andersen.
  • Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Nadia Caroline Andersen.
    Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Nadia Caroline Andersen.
  • Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Susann Jamtøy.
    Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes from the Western Culture, 2015. Foto: Susann Jamtøy.
  • Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes From Western Culture (Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran), 2015. Single channel video with sound 1 hour 40:46 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
    Ragnar Kjartansson, Scenes From Western Culture (Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran), 2015. Single channel video with sound 1 hour 40:46 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
  • RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, The Boat (Stephan Stephensen, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir and Gyða Valtýsdóttir), 2015.
Single-channel video with sound. 2 hours 36 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. 

Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
    RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, The Boat (Stephan Stephensen, Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir and Gyða Valtýsdóttir), 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 2 hours 36 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
  • RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, The Pool (Elizabeth Peyton), 2015. Single-channel video with sound
24:37 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
    RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, The Pool (Elizabeth Peyton), 2015. Single-channel video with sound 24:37 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
  • RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, Burning House, 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 01:32 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
    RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, Burning House, 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 01:32 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
  • RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, Dog and Clock, 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 19 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
    RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, Dog and Clock, 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 19 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
  • RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, Gentleman (Kjartan Sveinsson), 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 3 hours 10 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
    RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, Gentleman (Kjartan Sveinsson), 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 3 hours 10 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
  • RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, The Pool (Elizabeth Peyton), 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 24:37 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.
    RAGNAR KJARTANSSON, Scenes From Western Culture, The Pool (Elizabeth Peyton), 2015. Single-channel video with sound. 24:37 minutes. Edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs. Courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavik.

Biografi Ragnar Kjartansson

Ragnar Kjartansson (f. 1976) bor og jobber i Reykjavík. Kjartansson tar i bruk flere ulike medium; videoinstallasjon, performance, tegning og maleri. Verkene hans visker ut skillet mellom mediene der filmene blir maleriske og performancen skulpturell. Med inspirasjon fra komedien og tragedien i det klassiske teater, spiller Kjartanssons verk på publikumets følelser med en underliggende tone av ironi. Verkene består av flere lag med historiske og kulturelle referanser, og han bruker repetisjon som en måte å undersøke klisjeene og det banale ved skjønnhet, et tema han ofte vender tilbake til. 

Kjartansson har hatt flere soloutstillinger, blant annet på Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; The Metropolitan Museum of Art i New York; Reykjavík kunstmuseum; the Barbican Centre i London; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Park i Washington D.C.; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal og Palais de Tokyo i Paris; New Museum of Contemporary Art i New York; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst i Zürich; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo i Turin; Institute of Contemporary Art i Boston; og Carnegie Museum of Art i Pittsburgh; blant mange andre. Kjartansson deltok i The Encyclopedic Palace på Veneziabiennalen i 2013, Manifesta 10 i St. Petersburg i Russland året 2014, og han representerte Island under Veneziabiennalen 2009. Kunstneren mottok 2019 Ars Fennica Award, mottok Artes Mundi’s Derek Williams Trust Purchase Award i 2015, så vel som Performa’s 2011 Malcolm McLaren Award.

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