Du Holde Kunst, 2012 - Ragnar Kjartansson
About the Work
About Du Holde Kunst
Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson created this work in honor of the 15th anniversary of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art. The print is based on Kjartansson's performance piece, Du Holde Kunst, in which he sings a slow, repetitive ...Read More
Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson created this work in honor of the 15th anniversary of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art. The print is based on Kjartansson's performance piece, Du Holde Kunst, in which he sings a slow, repetitive version of Franz Schubert's An Die Musik accompanied by a pianist, brass quartet, harp, timpani, large crash cymbal, and showgirls with big feather fans.Read Less
About the Artist
About Ragnar Kjartansson
Ragnar Kjartansson's tragicomic performances take on the boundaries between art and life, fiction and reality. His work is often about the nature of art ...Read More
Ragnar Kjartansson's tragicomic performances take on the boundaries between art and life, fiction and reality. His work is often about the nature of art, addressing our romantic mythology of the Artist as mysterious, elevated, or bohemian. Though primarily a performance, video, and installation artist, Kjartansson does it all, regularly incorporating painting, drawing, sculpture, and music (he is pop royalty in his native Iceland) into his practice.
Theatricality, repetition, and identity are recurring themes in Kjartansson's performances, in which he often stars as a version of himself melded with a character from cultural history. For example, in his 2006 live performance Sorrow Conquers Happiness, captured in the video God, Kjartansson posed as a debonair 1940s nightclub crooner, singing "sorrow conquers happiness" over and over accompanied by a jazz trio before falling into a trance. In his 2008 Schumann Machine, he built a shack decorated with flames and inside recited a dramatic poem accompanied by a piano. These works, funny and farcical yet melancholic, exaggerate the romanticism of artistic emotion.
Unlike infamous performance artists like Marina Abramovic and Chris Burden who make the viewer feel uncomfortable through their suffering and endurance, Kjartansson's performances are enjoyable to watch and do not alienate the viewer. He says, "I try to take a theatrical approach to make it look easy. Like: 'Ha ha ha! I'm enjoying myself, in opera!'"
DescriptionPrint made with archival pigments on fine art rag paper.
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