Ragnar Kjartansson’s S.S. Hangover in Central Park
RAGNAR KJARTANSSON in Drifting in Daylight presented by Creative Time and Central Park Conservancy
Ragnar Kjartansson’s theatrical S.S. Hangover boat sails under the flag of a fat pegasus in a continuous loop around the Harlem meer, carrying a brass sextet from Metropolis Ensemble playing a composition by Kjartan Sveinsson.
The S.S. Hangover, a haphazard hybrid of Greek, Icelandic and Venetian ship design, was originally a 1934 wooden fishing boat from Reykjavík that the artist transformed into a remake of a theatrical boat that appeared on dry land in a swanky party scene in the film Remember Last Night? (1935). Sailing under the flag of a winged fat Pegasus–one that Kjartansson regards as a symbol for the artist struggling to reach sublime heights–this performative sculpture has an air of celebration and defeat to it. Ragnar Kjartansson’s featured artwork S.S. Hangover was debuted at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013).
Instrumentals are provided by the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble, New York’s finest young chamber musicians, led by conductor Andrew Cyr.
For more information about Drifting in Daylight, please visit Creative Time’s website.
LOCATION: Central Park’s North End, Harlem Meer, East Side Near Lenox Avenue (Malcom X Boulevard) entrance. (map)
DATES: May 15 – June 20, 2015, Fridays and Saturdays, 12-6pm