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Scenes From Western Culture, Gentleman (Kjartan Sveinsson), ca. 2015

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i8 Gallery
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“The idea for these videos came to me when I was in a taxi from JFK to New York and there was …

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“The idea for these videos came to me when I was in a taxi from JFK to New York and there was Careless Whisper on the radio. Suddenly I got Western culture claustrophobia, because it’s everywhere and it’s always the same songs.”

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Ragnar Kjartansson
Icelandic, b. 1976
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Celebrated for his endurance-based performances and video installations, Ragnar Kjartansson incorporates all of the arts—musical, theatrical, literary, filmic, and plastic—into his opulent, ironic, and deeply human works. Explaining that his works are “always about a feeling, but there’s no story,” he creates durational experiences, often centered upon himself and involving friends and family. Inspired by the power of the work of Hans Haacke, Roni Horn, and the feminist movement, he pushes past the anxiety and ennui of repetitious situations to convey a state of joy and transcendence. Mirrors for the human condition, his tragicomic performances combine sorrow and happiness, horror and beauty, drama and levity. In 2009, as the youngest artist to represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale, Kjartansson took up residence in Venice and completed one painting of his friend every day over the exhibition’s six-month run.

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“The idea for these videos came to me when I was in a taxi from JFK to New York and there was …

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“The idea for these videos came to me when I was in a taxi from JFK to New York and there was Careless Whisper on the radio. Suddenly I got Western culture claustrophobia, because it’s everywhere and it’s always the same songs.”

Ragnar Kjartansson has made for the show a series of eight videos presenting ideal images …

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Video/Film/Animation
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Scenes From Western Culture
Ragnar Kjartansson
Icelandic, b. 1976
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Celebrated for his endurance-based performances and video installations, Ragnar Kjartansson incorporates all of the arts—musical, theatrical, literary, filmic, and plastic—into his opulent, ironic, and deeply human works. Explaining that his works are “always about a feeling, but there’s no story,” he creates durational experiences, often centered upon himself and involving friends and family. Inspired by the power of the work of Hans Haacke, Roni Horn, and the feminist movement, he pushes past the anxiety and ennui of repetitious situations to convey a state of joy and transcendence. Mirrors for the human condition, his tragicomic performances combine sorrow and happiness, horror and beauty, drama and levity. In 2009, as the youngest artist to represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale, Kjartansson took up residence in Venice and completed one painting of his friend every day over the exhibition’s six-month run.

Scenes From Western Culture, Gentleman (Kjartan Sveinsson), ca. 2015

Single-channel video with sound
This is part of a limited edition set.
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