January 21 - April 29, 2017
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Lune Rouge presents Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s large-scale sculptural installation Spherical space. Perception, movement and the relationship between the viewer and her surroundings are central themes within Eliasson’s practice. Fog, light, air and water are often used as raw materials to generate epic, site-specific installations. Working in a structurally rhizomatic practice, Eliasson creates multi-faceted projects across an array of mediums – including painting, sculpture, photography, film and architecture – to posit intersections where viewers can process profound layers of phenomenological experiences.
Continuing Eliasson’s avid interest in geodesics, the complex stainless steel framework of Spherical space defines its circular, globe-like structure, comprised of intersecting lines and interlocking forms. Two stainless steel frames are arranged one inside the other and connected at frequent, regular intervals. Affixed to the small connecting spans between the two frames are innumerable triangles of aluminum, hand-blown yellow glass, and color-effect filter glass. A single bulb at the core of the sphere projects a dynamic pattern of shadows created by the triangles and framework onto the surrounding space.
Drawing inspiration from the mesmerizing relationship between internal motion and external shape exhibited by schooling fish, the static surface of the work appears to be a flurry of movement. The lines of the sphere naturally draw the eye upwards in a whirlwind of tints and shapes, and even the slightest movement by the viewer alters the perceived alignment of spirals and triangles, creating the illusion of constant change. The viewer recognizes her movements through the room in the motion she perceives in and on the sphere.
Deeply moved by fundamental questions of how the body both sees and experiences space, the artist orchestrates opportunities for engagement with the realm of nature beyond our daily consciousness. Although heavily geometric, the converging lines and structures he draws upon have a strong relationship to organic forms – root systems, cellular compositions and crystal tessellations. Eliasson integrates multiple disciplines – science, art, architecture and mathematics – to create unprecedented possibilities for experience.
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