Olafur Eliasson, Room for one colour, Courtesy of the artist.
|Tate Modern inaugurated a massive retrospective on the work of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
In his captivating installations the onlookers become aware of their senses, the people around and the world beyond.
The immersive artworks replicate natural phenomena such as rainbows into the gallery spaces. Others use reflections and shadows to play with the way we perceive and interact with the world. Many works result from the artist’s research into complex geometry, motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory.Within the exhibition will be an area which explores Eliasson’s deep engagement with society and the environment, to discover what an artist’s perspective can bring to issues of climate change, energy, migration as well as architecture.Eliasson creates works that continually prompt viewers to think about the nature of perception. Many of his installations play with reflections, inversions, after-images and shifting colours, to challenge the way we navigate and perceive our environments. As visitors pass in front of the bright lights of Your uncertain shadow (colour) 2010, they cast unexpected colourful shadows on the wall before them, while the yellow mono-frequency lights used within Room for one colour 1997 reduce viewers’ perception to shades of yellow and black.
A selection of the artist’s kaleidoscopic sculptures including Your spiral view 2002 and the newly created Your planetary window 2019, play with light and space to create optical illusions that encourage visitors to see their environment in new ways. The exhibition also explores geometry as a major theme that continues to characterise Eliasson’s practice today, with many works, such as Stardust particle 2014, created using complex interlocking shapes and crystalline structures.
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life