Sunset Door 2006 From Door Cycle Wooden door panel with color effect filter and light. Size: door 210 x 90 x 12 cm (82¾ x 35½ x 4¾"), bucket 28 x 30 cm diam. (11 x 12"). Edition: 15, signed and numbered on separate label.
Olafur Eliasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen, lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen) belongs to a generation of artists who, in the nineties, explored and expanded the boundaries between art, science and nature and the perception thereof. For years, the artist has transferred natural phenomena such as water, light, wind, temperature and movement into the art context using simple technical aids, always emphasizing for the viewer the technology involved. The strongly atmospheric but entirely constructed nature of Eliasson´s works makes viewers become painfully aware of how far modern civilization has progressed from immediate experience; they question the acceptance of authenticity in the area of perception. The work shown here, Sunset Door, refers to a large-scale installation the artist created for the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern, London, shown in October 2003 through March 2004. In this installation, The Weather Project, representations of the sun and sky dominate the expanse of the Turbine Hall. A fine mist permeates the space, as if creeping in from the environment outside. At the far end of the hall is a giant semi-circular form made up of hundreds of mono-frequency lamps. The arc repeated in the mirror overhead produces a sphere of dazzling radiance linking the real space with the reflection. Mono-frequency lamps emit light at such a narrow frequency that colors other than yellow and black are invisible, thus transforming the visual field around the sun into a vast duotone landscape.
Olafur Eliasson (born 1967 in Copenhagen, lives and works in Berlin) belongs to a younger generation of artists who in the nineties explored and expanded the boundaries between art, science and nature and the perception thereof. For years, the artist has transferred natural phenomena such as water, light, wind, temperature and movement into the art context using simple technical aids, always clearly emphasizing for the viewer the technology involved. In his sculptures, installations, and photographs, Eliasson´s artistic interest is focused on dialogic processes occurring between the viewer and his perception. The elemental naturalness of the materials employed - like water and earth - produce an open structure to his work. Due to the potential for dynamic transformation inherent in the materials, the viewer experiences himself as being subject to the movement of time and space. The two photographs, Jökulsgilskvisl, map volcanic rock formations, erosion, sediment, ice, water, and vegetation: complex configurations of earth´s evolutionary processes depicting aspects of the wild beauty of Iceland.