BORCH Gallery & Editions 


 

BORCH Gallery and Editions are pleased to present woodcuts and etchings by Islandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson.
The suite of twenty-five etchings is a collection of self-contained vignettes; poetic, comical, sometimes absurd scenes combining image and text. He collects scribbles and words in a notebook he is carrying with him wherever he goes. In his etchings, Kjartansson transfers the carefree, spontaneous attitude of his scribbles into permanent traces on copper. These are personal moments transferred into the medium of the multiple.
The suite of seven woodcuts depict graphic, bordering on cliché images of flames in red and yellow against a black background. The subject of fire—a universal symbol for the paradox of destruction and creation—runs like a red thread through Kjartansson’s work. His fascination for flames stems from his childhood. ‘As a child I loved to draw flames, I would draw houses and then put them on fire drawing flames in the windows. One could say that early on it was evident that I was either a psychopath or a romantic.’