Ragnar Kjartansson
Opening 31 January 2019

i8 Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of Ragnar Kjartansson's latest work, Figures in Landscape.

Figures in Landscape consists of seven distinct 24-hour scenes, each a silent, single-channel video work, filmed on a set hand-painted as an archetypal landscape: a forest, a desert, barren mountains, a beach, a jungle, snow-covered mountains, and a meadow. The seven scenes will be played simultaneously and repeat continuously throughout the duration of the show.

As Kjartansson describes the work: There is no narrative, nothing happens, simply the movement of people in white lab coats walking around in the landscape. Figures in Landscape is a nod to heroic murals of science and prosperity, with a modern, mundane twist.”

When repeated continuously, however, each scene in Figures in Landscape functions as a timepiece of sorts - the figures’ familiar movements marking the fixed moments of an individual day, or if the scenes are played in sequence, an entire week.

For further information please contact Auður Jörundsdóttir at audur@i8.is
For press and/or image enquires, please contact Thorlákur Einarsson at thorlakur@i8.is

The Exhibition runs from 31 January until 16 March 2019

Ragnar Kjartansson, Figures in Landscape (Monday), 2018, Video, 24 hours, (detail)
Commissioned by the Danish Building and Property Agency for the Faculty of Health, University of Copenhagen
Courtesy of the artist, i8 Gallery, Reykjavík and Luhring Augustine, New York

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