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"FOCUS: Olafur Eliasson"
2000-05-10 until 2000-08-13
Art Insitiute of Chicago
USA United States of America
Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has established an international reputation based
upon two separate but related bodies of work (which are never presented
simultaneously in the same venue). Eliasson is engaged in a systematic study of
human perception of natural phenomenon. As a photographer, he has documented
a range of natural environments, including icebergs, caves, and islands.
installation artist, Eliasson produces temporary, site-specific works composed
almost exclusively of simple, elemental materialswater (liquid and frozen), light,
wind, fire, heat, trees, and moss. In all media, his efforts have been distinguished by
a poetic economy of means and a simple, elegant beauty. Created with a
self-conscious combination of natural materials and man-made technology, Eliassons art exists in a border space between
magic and artifice. For Eliassons proposed FOCUS exhibition, the artist has been invited to create a new installation in the Art
Institutes contemporary art galleries.
Curator: James Rondeau, associate curator of Contemporary Art, Department of 20th-Century Painting and Sculpture, The
Art Institute of Chicago.