Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Makeup #4 Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is a Denmark native artist known for his sculptures and diverse installations. He uses lights, ice, heat, and other aesthetic to manipulate your sense. The installations embody a connection between technology, nature, the industrial, craft, and technology. One if his installations from 1999 called Your natural denudation inverted uses steam. Denudation is basically a sum of the process of decomposing and reduction in relief or elevation of landforms and landscapes. In this installation a natural geyser (natural phenomenon in his homeland Iceland) was imitated by piping a stream of steam through the museum’s heating system. Steel framework was comprised of steel scaffold trees, an aesthetic geyser, and an eerie mass of water that pierces every sensory of the body. Wood, rubber, water, and steam were the key components in creating this 8 x 48 x 83 ft installation. The installation actually began grew icicles off the tree and Eliasson commented that the “quality of the phenomena that ice can create has for me something to do with the process--that it changes all the time”. I got this sense of purpose in every single aspect of the installation. The title of the piece came from Eliasson’s idea about simulating some sort of geothermal action. The meaning of “denudation” made him think about the “curatorial ideas of the show” and since his installation wasn’t actually a natural denudation and was artificial, he titled it “unnatural denudation”.
"Your natural denudation inverted." Pointing out that "your" experience is central rather than my ideas about it. – Olafur Eliasson

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