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Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson
HOUSTON  •  Menil Collection  •  Ongoing
Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's (b. 1967, Copenhagen) strong standing in the international art arena was ultimately confirmed with his show, The Weather Project, in the Turbine hall of the Tate Modern in London, which opened in October 2003. The installation has attracted widespread attention from professionals, the press and public.

At once a sculptor, installation artist, and photographer, Eliasson is noted for elegant, meditative projects that turn immaterial sensations such as temperature, smell, taste, air, and magnetic waves into sculptural objects or environments.

Ranging from the years 1993 to 2003, the thirty-five or so photography projects within this exhibition reveal Eliasson’s ever-evolving investigations into what he calls "the discrepancy between the experience of seeing and the knowledge or expectation of what we are seeing." Among his early documentary projects of note is Looking for hot water on Gunner’s Island (1995), composed of twenty-four color photographs capturing indistinct figures and footprints that are floating within a disconsolate blue fog. Characteristic of almost all of his photo series, the work is installed in a nonhierarchical grid pattern. Grids such as The earthquake series (2000), composed of sixteen images of an earthquake’s aftermath, or The aerial river series (2000), composed of forty-two images that trace the entire length of a single river as it winds down a mountain, are representative of many of his later works, which have a more complex narrative dimension.

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