Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Woman in E



Ragnar Kjartansson's Woman in E




"Unlike the G-scale, which is commonly used in love songs, E-minor conveys a melancholy, reflective feel. In Kjartansson's [Hirshhorn exhibit], this pensive chord reverberates throughout the museum building, growing stronger as it bounces off the architecture. Woman in E revolves around a single, central figure: a woman dressed in a gold gown, standing on a rotating pedestal. The central figure plays the electric guitar without accompaniment, alone with the instrument and an amp. The atmosphere around her glitters as the notes rebound off the walls and ceiling, creating a deep, guttural tremolo.




"The piece is also a nod to classic, representational sculpture. The protagonist powerfully embodies multiple tropes of femininity at once—she is a goddess, conqueror, and siren—but eludes a single narrative. The result is a portrait of vulnerability and prowess, of objectification and self-possession. ~ www.luhringaugustine.com





13 comments:

  1. And especially looking so empty as possible.

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  2. I was told by someone at the museum that there are several actresses who take shifts performing. Each shift is two hours. I think they must have great self-possession. I don't think I could do two hours without at some point starting to laugh. :-)

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  3. Amazing to be able to stand still so long.

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  4. Can someone explain the desire for all those tattoos?

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  5. Here's an interesting link to the experience of one of the actresses: https://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/divine-boredom

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  6. A very different kind of artistic expression!

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  7. what Tom said + she looks soooooo sad.

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  8. She has got a lot of tattoos. Too many to be nice, I think.

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  9. I guess it's art but she doesn't look too happy!

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  10. After reading this, I now know she is real, I thought she looked real. Must be hard to perform like that for two hours. Hopefully there wasn't a clock on the wall. Interesting post!

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