Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson


Experience the emotional power of two works created by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. The Visitors is an immersive video installation that features nine screens, depicting eight individual musicians singing the same lyric in separate rooms of the nearly 200-year-old Rokeby Farm House in Hudson Valley, New York. With lyrics taken from the poem Feminine Ways, written by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir, this work is marked by autobiography and duration, as are the 415 postcards that line the walls of the preceding gallery. In these cards, entitled Postcards to Marguerite and sent over the course of 14 months in the artist’s life, Kjartansson shares remarkable and everyday events through watercolor, drawing, and text.