Chapter blóma (In bloom)
At the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Los Angeles until January 9, 2020-the first solo exhibition of the Jónsi show. This is the artist we know as the frontman and lead singer of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós.
In the past, saw Jónsi and all the world of the arts through collaborations with artists such as Doug Aitken, Olafur Eliasson, Merce Cunningham, and Carl Michael von Hausswolf. Now, this is his first step into solo work. It was noticed that he was very close to his work as a musician to continue with the work, or in other words: plants, which have been seen to run all of them on audio.
Jónsi was inspired by a quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In his Römische Elegien, makes It of the connection between the body of a loved one, and be a classical sculpture, in marble, with the words, “see with a feeling eye, feel with a seeing hand”. It has Jónsi been processed to hear, a feeling of ear, feel with the a corresponding one. It’s the interaction between the see, hear, and feel. The art of Jónsi is the same for all of the senses.
The first one is called Chapter blóma (In bloom), and consists of speakers, as you may know from the public space, or on the streets, at schools, in sports and prisons. Jónsi said to them, so that the shape is similar to those of the common foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). This plant is highly toxic, but it is a part of the poison, it can also be used to be a remedy for some heart conditions.
The plant is so dangerous as to be healing. If that is the case play Jónsi go on to the stamens of the flowers with the shiny buttplugs. Pain and pleasure are sometimes really close to each other. Out of the speakers sounds like a kakofonische mixture of human voices and computer voices (all of which come from the artist, and the normally unseen sounds and the flowers make it.
The largest installation is at first glance, it’s barely on. The large white area in the first instance, think of 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick. Until, suddenly, the sound from the hidden speakers and subwoofers. The sound is that it sounds that surrounds and penetrates the body of the user. You will be sitting, as it were, in a bath of sound, with the voice of the artist as a guide. He will take you to a different world. Hear, feel and see is.
Last but not least, there’s a dark, dark room. To do this, let Jónsi, and is inspired by the ASMR. He has also designed an installation of eight black plafondelen that is slow and kind of waves to make. In each part there is a loudspeaker mounted in typical ASMR sounds forth: the waves of the ocean, the breath of the artist, and a whispered recommendation of an old Icelandic poem about the sea. The idea is that the combination of movement and sound to resonate the body of the user.
For each and every work of art has, Jónsi also has a fragrance conceived in order to make the experience even more to do. If you can smell the speaker, and a fragrance that is, for a large part consisting of cadaverine, a substance that is created by the rotting animal tissue, but also of the distinctive smell it gives to the urine and the semen. The ASMR-install to pick up the more subtle, with a fragrance that is reminiscent of seaweed. This exhibition is an experience for all the senses.