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Quote of Note | Ragnar Kjartansson


(Photo courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine)

“I got this old fishing boat from Reykjavik, completely ruined, but it was perfect in terms of size. I managed to persuade this shipyard in Stykkisholmur to restore it for me…I asked Kjartan Sveinsson, who was part of the band Sigur Ros—the keyboard player, he was kind of the whole band, but he quit now, and he is such an incredible composer—so I asked him to create a piece for this. He’s created the most glorious melancholic brass fanfare. So you always see it sailing back and forth to this fanfare, and it’s this sort of very Wagnerian thing.”

-Artist Ragnar Kjartansson, in an interview with Sabine Mirlesse for BOMB Magazine. “S.S. Hangover” (2013; pictured above), a “performative sound sculpture,” is featured in “The Encyclopedic Palace,” the main show of the 55th Venice Biennale, on view through November 24.

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