Olafur Eliasson, Contact is Content at Seljalandsfoss

Olafur Eliasson (Danish-Icelandic, b. 1967)

Medium: 2 C-Prints (incl. photo book)

Dimensions: each 53 × 42 cm (20 9/10 × 16 1/2 in)

Edition of 100: Hand signed and numbered

Condition: Mint

In stock

I’ve walked a lot in the mountains in Iceland. And as you come to a new valley, as you come to a new landscape, you have a certain view. If you stand still, the landscape doesn’t necessarily tell you how big it is. It doesn’t really tell you what you’re looking at. The moment you start to move the mountain starts to move. – Olafur Eliasson

People like to think that public space is neutral and open to all. Actually, it is subject to commercial interests, to the intentions of power elites. Public space is what’s left when everything else has been privatized. We need to create it, we need to nurture it. I didn’t dump down the waterfalls from the moon. I tried to integrate them with the city in a productive way. – Olafur Eliasson

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is renowned for large-scale public interventions, architectural projects and sculptures that use the natural elements – light, color, water, and movement – to alter viewers’ sensory perceptions. By enabling interaction between his creations and the audience, Eliasson aims at evoking an awareness of the sublime world around us. Following the idea that “art does not end where the real world begins,” the artist creates seemingly magical artworks that are solely based in the natural world. “I want to expose and evaluate the fact that the seeing and sensing process is a system that should not be taken for granted as natural—it’s a cultivated means of reality production that, as a system, can be negotiated and changed,” the he stated. With its masterful union of technology and primal elements, Olafur Eliasson‘s art fulfills both longstanding artistic ideals and a new direction in contemporary artmaking. Despite being more concerned with perception than ecology, his work is intended to raise awareness of the climate crisis. For his project Ice Watch, Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing brought free-floating icebergs from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, to public squares in European cities to manifest global warming. In 1995, he founded Studio Olafur Eliasson in Berlin, a laboratory for spatial research comprising over 100 people, including craftsmen, architects, and specialist technicians. Eliasson has participated twice at the Venice Biennale and has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including Fondation Beyeler (Basel), Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), San Francisco Museum of Modern and the Museum of Modern Art (New York). Olafur Eliasson was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1967 and lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin.

Olafur Eliasson, Contact is Content at Seljalandsfoss

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