New York

Olafur Ellasson

Bonakdar Jancou Gallery

Natural elements and industrial materials meld in the work of Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson. Arctic moss and strobe lights, running water and steel are not so much juxtaposed as placed on a continuum, where the organic and the man-made present equally receptive and eloquent surfaces for sensory perception.

Eliasson’s constructions are mysteriously resonant yet disarmingly direct. The titles of his installations often include the possessive pronoun “your,” a detail that helps explain the works’ impact: Eliasson engineers the environments, but their effect derives from your impressions, your reactions. Often placed in the lineage of Light and Space artists Robert Irwin and Tames Turrell, Eliasson seemed here to be borrowing as much from Dan Graham and Gordon Matta-Clark, filtering their seemingly disparate games of perceptual displacement and architectural (de-) constructions

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