Ragnar Kjartansson's Glittering "Woman in E" - Hirshhorn Museum
An E-minor chord rings out in endless repetition from within a dazzling tinselled environment, its performer rotating slowly like an idol upon her pedestal. E-minor is a universal chord of melancholy, one particularly suited to expressions of wistfulness and brooding lovesickness. Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Woman in E” activates associations with traditional figurative sculpture and objectified notions of femininity. But the female performer here is ultimately powerful, as her audience is allowed to indulge in the melodrama of her evocative performance. “Woman in E” (Oct. 14 2016- Jan. 8, 2017) courtesy of the artist, Luhring Augustine, New York and i8 Gallery, Reykjavík. The exhibition is conceived and organized by the Barbican, London, in association with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.