Take Me Here by the Dishwashwer: Memorial for a Marriage // Ragnar Kjartansson// Performance installation from 14 July to 4 September, eight hours daily // Music by Kjartan Sveinsson // 2011-2014
Recently on view at the Barbican in London was a retrospective by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The exhibition included video works, paintings, dioramas and a live performance. My favorite piece was the nine screen video work The Visitors, 2012. In this work, visitors enter the room and see nine projection screens that show a different room in a house. There is a bathroom, a bedroom, a living room, the front porch. Each room has a musician playing an instrument such as banjo, piano or cello. In unison they all sing the same song. The figures interact with each other on multiple screens. For example, when the cellist in one room gets up to leave, you see her walk out of the room and then she is no longer on the screen. Where did she go? You have to go to another screen to find her entering the family room. The work ends with everyone walking out to the porch together to finish the song together.
Take Me Here by the Dishwashwer: Memorial for a Marriage // Ragnar Kjartansson // Performance installation from 14 July to 4 September, eight hours daily // Music by Kjartan Sveinsson // 2011-2014
Die Nacht der Hochzeit // Ragnar Kjartansson // 2015-2016 // watercolors on paper
The End – Venezia // Ragnar Kjartansson // 2009 // 144 paintings oil on canvas // Performed at the Icelandic Pavilion during the 53rd Venice Biennale, Italy
Me and My Mother // Ragnar Kjartansson // 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 // Four single-channel videos