Los Angeles

Jónsi, Hvítblinda (Whiteout), 2019, twelve-channel sound installation (20 minutes), ten speakers, two subwoofers, aluminum, LED lighting, ozone scent. Installation view.

Jónsi, Hvítblinda (Whiteout), 2019, twelve-channel sound installation (20 minutes), ten speakers, two subwoofers, aluminum, LED lighting, ozone scent. Installation view.

Jónsi

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery | Los Angeles

Even if you have a fondness for the paintings of, say, Bob Dylan, you might find it difficult to argue for their historical significance. “Show people” tend to treat the visual-art context as a place to unload their doodles—or, worse, they superficially conform to the latest standards of aesthetic production. It is therefore with some trepidation that one might approach a show by the lead singer and guitarist of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós. Jónsi is a bona fide rock star, though not lacking in visual fluency, having recently collaborated with such figures as Doug Aitken and Olafur Eliasson. Some of the latter’s influence could be sensed in Jónsi’s debut as a solo artist at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery; his exhibition hewed closely to his fellow Icelander’s Minimalist style and likewise approached the gallery space as a sculptural form that the audience could physically occupy.

The three works

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