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Olafur Eliasson

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Olafur Eliasson has long combined aesthetic rigor with an emphasis on subjective experience. While the former is usually based on scientific theories, the latter tends to bring with it a considerable measure of entertainment. Enjoyment certainly seemed key to the play of shadows and colored refractions on the white walls in this recent show, for which the ground-floor exhibition space at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery was entirely given over to Multiple shadow house, 2010. The set was neutral and basic: three empty rooms connected by a hallway, each with a low wooden platform as a floor. This almost domestic environment recalled a Japanese house with walls made of shoji screens—though the partitions here were the kinds of screens used for film projections. From the floor along one side of each enclosed space, a group of multicolored lights projected colors ranging from blue to green and from red

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