Ragnar Kjartansson | Perth International Arts Festival
Perth International Arts Festival 2015
The Visitors + The End
In this Australian premiere, artist Ragnar Kjartansson presents exhibitions across two galleries. Kjartansson’s acumen in music, film and performance combine sublimely in his art, instilling it with a poetic and compelling sense of the romantic and the absurd.
The Visitors, an immersive, nine-channel musical video installation, fills the John Curtin Gallery. Captured in a single take within a rambling mansion, nine intimate portraits of Kjartansson and his friends are recombined into this rapturous ode to femininity.
At Fremantle Arts Centre, The End, filmed in the snow-laden wilderness of Canada, is equally beguiling and is complemented by a selection of earlier videos and exquisite watercolours.
This double bill provides comprehensive insight into Kjartansson’s energy and breadth of work, making it clear why in 2009 he was the youngest artist ever to represent Iceland at the Venice Biennale.