Go See – New York: Olafur Eliasson at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, through March 20, 2010

March 11th, 2010


Olafur Eliasson, Multiple shadow house, 2010. Installation view. Images via Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

Olafur Eliasson is currently on show for the sixth time at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, through March 20, in a spectacular exhibition that extends the artist’s study of modes of perception, specifically concerning one’s experience of space and time. In this instance Eliasson’s particular fascination is the phenomena of light, movement and color and the relationship between them.


Multiple shadow house, 2010. Installation view

More images and text after the jump…
Multiple shadow house, 2010

It is, however, the viewers themselves that become the key initiator of the experiment – their body becomes the central figure of the work. The work Multiple shadow house (2010) is a simple structure, purpose-built in the main gallery, consisting of multicolored lamps in rows shining onto several large projection screens. When a body enters the space and begins to interact with this light installation beautiful and subtle overlaid visions of their shadow fan across the screens – as they move around forward and backward the image is thus altered and can be manipulated. In this way the project is a creative collaboration between the artist, viewer, space and technology. Essentially the artwork is redundant without the presence of the figure – no only to enjoy it – but to articulate it’s potential effects.


Multiple shadow house, 2010


Multiple shadow house, 2010

This is very common of Eliasson oeuvre, which has consistently challenged the motionlessness, inflexible and non-malleable nature of much tradition fine art works. In many ways Eliasson allows autonomous authorship to dissolve, instead both meaning and aesthetic quality are in fact generated by the viewer. Today it is generally agreed that judging artwork is a very subjective process, albeit informed by outside factors; Eliasson has created the ultimate subjective art experience, the individual actually activates the work. This encourages a hyper-awareness of how we all shape our own experience and perception of the world around us.


Multiple shadow house, 2010


Multiple shadow house, 2010

Other pieces in the exhibition include Intangible afterimage star (2008) another projection this time of multicolored geometric shapes that constantly shift over and cut across each other. In this instance the viewer’s participation is only notable internally as the after-image briefly lingers on the retina combining with the actual image to magical affect. In the galleries upstairs several watercolors and an oil painting, Colour experiment no. 3 (2009), illustrate Eliasson’s consideration and experimentation with space, light and color.


Test, 2009


Intangible afterimage star, 2008


Color Experiment No. 3, 2009


Multiple shadow house, 2010


Multiple shadow house, 2010


Top: Grey to Yellow Movie, 2009. Bottom: Yellow to Grey Movie, 2009.


Folded Grey Movies, 2009


ArtObserved video of the installation, Multiple shadow house, 2010 [ArtObserved Twit Vid]

Related Links
Olafur Eliasson: Multiple Shadow House [Tanya Bonkadar Gallery]
Olafur Eliasson: “Kepler Was Wrong” at Galeria Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid through March 6, 2010 [ArtObserved]
Olafur Eliasson: “Your Chance Encounter” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, through March 22, 2010 [ArtObserved]
Eye Candy: Olafur Eliasson’s Amazing New Art Installation [Fast Company]
Olafur Eliasson: Multiple Shadow House [Daily Serving]