Olafur Eliasson, “Multiple Shadow House”, 2010. Wood, metal, fabric, spotlights, color filter glass, halogen bulb, projection foil and transparent projection foil, 396 x 141 ½ x 532 inches. Installation view Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Feb 11 – March 20, 2010. Photo: Jean Vong. Courtesy: The Artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.
NEW YORK, NY.- Tanya Bonakdar Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (B. 1967). Eliasson’s sixth solo show at the gallery continues his exploration of and experimentation with modes of perception and the experience of space and time. Focusing on movement, color, and light – and the interplay between the three phenomena – the exhibition involves the viewer in a collaborative creative process. Throughout his career, Eliasson has challenged the notion of the artwork as a static object, instead suggesting that the meaning and generative potential of each work lies in the exchange between the piece and the viewer. It is the visitor’s experience, his or her subjective perception and mediation of the work that activates it; in turn Eliasson’s installations, public projects, photographs and paintings prompt a new awareness in the visitor of his or her own methods of interpreting the world.
Within the main gallery space, an abstract structure outlines a living space, intimate and domestic in scale. The walls of Multiple shadow house (2010) are comprised of a simple wooden framework supporting large expanses of projection screens. Groups of projection lamps cast steady light upon the screens, yet their effects remain unarticulated until visitors interact with the structure. Upon entering, the visitors block the individual sources of light and cast variously colored shadows that change according to their movements. The work is a situation experienced as it is created. The user negotiates and constructs his or her own surroundings, and the architecture is animated by the visitor.