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I wish I was in Iceland March 6, 2009

Posted by Jennifer in : art,chess,travel , trackback

I have been to Iceland two times, and on the second visit, I was floored by both the beauty of the landscape—and how expensive everything was ($40 pizza anyone?). So, the bright side of the economic crisis in Iceland is that it would now be reasonable to eat, drink and shop there.  When I even think about visiting Iceland, I hear the music of Bjork and Sigur Ros in my head, and I calm down. My new relaxation therapy is to just say Iceland over and over again until any anger and stress melts away. I’ll let you know how it goes.

I’d also love to visit right now to see the exhibit at the Reykjavik Art Museum, 32 Pieces: The Art of Chess in person. My friend Larry List is a co-curator of the show, and the sets look amazing. I probably won’t make it to Iceland in time to see the show live, but this has me thinking about what kind of chess set I’d create if given the task.

Pumpkin Chess, 2003

 I am totally in love with the first set by the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama.   It’s my fantasy of form and function and I actually believe that I would use it.   Kusama broke the record for the highest sale for a female artist in history: 5.1 million dollars, so I guess I won’t be affording the Pumpkin set anytime soon. Check out a close up of the pieces:

Amorphous Organic by Alastair Mackie, 2008

This brings out some hidden phobias in me. How about Fear Factor Chess?

Kitchen Set by Paul McCarthy, 2003

This set by Paul McCarthy was in Moscow for a while, and Garry Kasparov played with it!

Chess Set by Jake and Dinos Chapman, 2003

This is my least favorite in some ways, and my favorite in another way. Most of the other sets in the exhibit make me smile, while this makes me feel sort of sick and angry, like I just lost a chess game.

Over There in the Bushes by Matthew Ronay, 2005

Can you figure out which piece is which in the set above? I will post the answer as a comment to this blog.

Read more about the show on CLO and the Reykjavik Art Museum website.



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