OLAFUR ELIASSON

Exhibit at the Musée d’art contemporain

Angela Engson
Contributor

Last week I had the chance to go visit the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. They are having an ongoing exhibit of Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist who creates installation art. This is a type of art that the viewer walks through and experiences on a closer level than simply looking at a sculpture or a painting on a wall. Eliasson’s work was truly something different than any art I’ve seen at a museum. It seems to me that he intends to have the viewer question time and space and what surrounds them. He works with things we are all accustomed to in our day-to-day lives yet don’t really observe or think about such as light, distance, time etc. He creates a piece of art using these concepts in a way much different to how we normally perceive them to be. His usage of space, light and colours evoke some sense of recognition if you will, of space and time.

Olafur has created many beautiful works of art around the world. Back in 2003, he came up with The Weather Project at the museum Tate Modern in London, to put it short, he created an installation where the museum goers had a glowing sun above that cast a warm mist in the 150 metre long room. For a few months in 2008, he also put up four waterfalls in the East River in New York. To me, one of his most wonderful projects is Little Sun, an idea that supported those without any access to energy. What was created was a little portable solar lamp, running solely on sustainable energy which Olafur Eliasson has a great passion for.

If you have the free time for a visit downtown, I urge you to go and visit this man’s work because this might be the only time an exhibit is presented here in Canada! My favourite piece would have to be The Big Bang Fountain wwhich made me see something as simple as water in a new and mesmerizing way, I had the sense that time was stopping right in front my eyes!

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