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Guilt and Fear, 2022

Guilt and Fear, 2022

Ragnar Kjartansson

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Set of porcelain salt and pepper shakers

Each:  13.3 x 5.4 x 5.4 cm (5 1/4 x 2 1/8 x 2 1/8 inches)
Edition of 500

Guilt and Fear is a limited edition sculpture; all 1000 shakers were installed in There is a song in my heart and a hammer in my brain, Ragnar Kjartansson's sixth solo exhibition at Luhring Augustine Chelsea. Presented in the rear gallery, rows of shelves line the wall, stacked with one thousand porcelain salt and pepper shakers: labeled “Guilt” and “Fear” respectively.

Central to individual human psyches, guilt and fear have increased collectively in recent years as we have been confronted with social reckonings, the pandemic, growing disparities, wars, and global warming. Typically associated with negativity, these difficult feelings can also have positive effects when they force us to have greater empathy and sensitivity to situations outside of ourselves. This work is a tribute to these emotions; it is inspired by the Romantic ethos of valuing both our despairs and our desires related to the great matters of life and death, submission and control, and beauty and danger.

Each set of Guilt and Fear is a numbered edition and comes packaged in a custom box. The work was produced in collaboration with Fabrique Céramique in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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