Like a flower in a field : Jonas Mekas solo exhibition

Like a Flower in a Field

A solo show by Jonas Mekas

Curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

Ásmundarsalur, Freyjugata 41, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

From Wednesday, October 3 to Sunday, October 7, from 10 am to 5 pm


RIFF and Ásmundarsalur proudly present Jonas Mekas’ first solo exhibition in Iceland, Like a flower in a field, curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi. The exhibition presents fragments of Mekas’ life story, allowing the viewer to merge them in free associations. On three monitors, three editings from Jonas Mekas’ Online Diaries run in a loop, condensing the ongoing monumental internet artwork which the filmmaker launched in 2006, well before the diffusion of social networks. Taken from three separate collections of short videos titled My First 40 (2006), 365 Day Project (2007) and Online Diary (2008-2015), the images live a new existence in full-length movies with a specific cinema grammar, showing small intimate moments from the filmmaker’s daily life, meetings with artists and big stars, and rhapsodic reflections given to the camera.

On the big windows of the gallery, in a cathedral-like arrangement, 45 images of flowers appear in the form of transparencies. They have been taken from the films Jonas Mekas has made over his sixty-year-long career. Each of these stills captures the spontaneous germination of flora in the middle of New York: the mystery of life, the miracle of cinema.

The reflections of light coming from the images permeate the gallery space while some drawings and sketches gently invade the walls around. Some flowers from Jonas’ hand and his studio in Brooklyn are offered to the audience in Reykjavik.

Video, Sound and Transparencies courtesy of Jonas Mekas and Apalazzo Gallery