I have been a fan of Olafur Eliasson's work for some time now, every time I see amazing play of light, I think of the facade of Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall. The exhibition Olafur Eliasson: Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality machines spans his entire career so far, from the early 1990s to today. Perception is central to the art of Olafur Eliasson. The works draw our attention not only to what we see, but to how we see, or, in the artist’s own words: “seeing yourself seeing”.
In some cases viewers move through the work, as in Seu corpo da obra (Your body of work) (2011). In this installation, monochromatic colour filters create semi- transparent walls that float in the room. A labyrinthine architecture of coloured space is created. Through the viewer’s movements in the room, the filter’s three colours – magenta, yellow, and cyan – can be seen overlapping in a variety of configurations as various hues emerge in the viewer’s vision.
Olafur Eliasson: Verklighetsmaskiner/Reality machines comprises 19 works and installations, including a new piece created especially for this exhibition: Less ego wall (2015).
Model room (2003), a landscape of three- dimensional geometric objects, some of which were further developed and later realised in architectonic installations and pavilions.