Olafur Eliasson

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Olafur Eliasson (born in 1964, New York, USA) is a Danish-Icelandic artist, known for sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. He established his own studio in Berlin, which can be defined as a laboratory for spatial research. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts between 1985 and 1995, when he moved to Berlin.

“I started dancing in my early teens, and I became very obsessed with the awareness that dancing gives you of your body and space."

Olafur Eliasson

Probing the cognitive aspects of what it means to see, Eliasson creates complex optical phenomena using simple, makeshift technical devices: colored bulbs bathe a room in yellow light, turning everything inside monochrome; strobes illuminate a thin curtain of falling water, causing the eye to "freeze" the droplets in midair... By making visible the the mechanics of his works and laying bare the artifice of the illusion, Elliasson points to the elliptical relationship between reality, perception, and representation.