The Pavillion of Iceland Presents the Aurora Borealis, 2009
"For the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Icelandic Pavillion will present a golden vitrine displaying one of Iceland's most precious natural wonders, the Aurora Borealis."
Looking at the economic collapse globally, Iceland seemed to be the first mega-failure of the western world. With this in mind, the question arises how art may function and what its limitations are when financial and conceptual establishments have been rendered impotent? This piece entertains what Iceland can offer physically, commenting on quality of materials, the limits of representation, and impossibility.
Interesting to note is the actual Icelandic artist in the Biennale, Ragnar Kjartansson's aptly titled "The End" in which the artist will paint a single male subject daily for the entire Biennale, amongst a larger installation. This piece is fantastic, especially concerning the idea of reconceptualization of the artist, the production and display of art, and the disruption of "romantic" ideals. A slap in the face presenting the end of painting once more, with humor.