Ragnar Kjartansson, Feuerchen!
Edition 6

About the Work

About Feuerchen!

Feuerchen! meaning "little fire" in German, is a sculpture by Ragnar Kjartansson that resembles a prop from a performance. Like much of Kjartansson's work, this piece blends humor and drama: here, fire, a somewhat serious subject, is treated humorously ...

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Feuerchen! meaning "little fire" in German, is a sculpture by Ragnar Kjartansson that resembles a prop from a performance. Like much of Kjartansson's work, this piece blends humor and drama: here, fire, a somewhat serious subject, is treated humorously in the cliché aesthetics and in the title.

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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 ...

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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!'"

Click here to read our interview with Ragnar Kjartansson falling in love, pretending not to care, and bringing a pocketknife to art fairs.

Click here to watch a clip of Ragnar Kjartansson's 2013 Venice Biennale performance.

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Feuerchen!, 2011

Ragnar Kjartansson

Sculpture
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Ed. 6 $650
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Ed. 7 $650
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Ed. 9 $650
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Offered in partnership with:

i8 Gallery

Description

Chipboard and paint.

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Ships in 10 to 14 business days.
This work is final sale and not eligible for return.

Additional Information

Edition of 30 sculptures, each unique with sizes varying from approximately 8" x 11.5" to 14" x 26.5".

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