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The Bigger Picture: Work from the 1990's

Olafur Eliasson Convex/Concave
Olafur Eliasson Convex/Concave
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Group Exhibition, The Bigger Picture: Work from the 1990’s

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NYC

June 12 - August 1, 2014

Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Elliasson, is currently part of the group exhibition The Bigger Picture: Work from the 1990's at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. The presentation, the gallery's twentieth anniversary celebration, highlights historical work by gallery artists.

Walking in you are greeted by Ernesto Neto's Flying Gloup Nave [Nave Voadora], an incredible sculptural installation made from nylon stocking, styrofoam beads and sand. Included in the 15 artists exhibited are Sarah Sze's installation Untitled [Thessaloniki], Charles Long's A Life and, Uta Barth's photograph series, Ground.

Elliasson's most memorable work in New York was in 2008 when he was commissioned by The Public Art Fund to create four manmade waterfalls across the island. The New York City Waterfalls were placed in Pier 35, DUMBO, between piers 4 & 5 and, Governors Island. The project cost over 15 million dollars!

Inspiration: Iceland, architecture, geometry, nature

Medium: Sculptures and large-scale installation art employing elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature

My Favorite Piece: Olafur Elliasson's Convex/concave (1995-2000)

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery: Formerly in the Soho neighborhood, Bonakdar in now located in West Chelsea.It has a leading contemporary program that now represents more than thirty distinguished artists worldwide. The space is huge with an upstair area and ok light.

"I was interested in how we engage the world. How do we use our skin as our eyes? If you read a cityscape or a landscape with just your mind, and not your body, it becomes like a picture or representation, not something you really engage with." - Olafur Elliasson

More pics: HERE