Olafur Eliasson




Eliasson creates art that questions our perceptions of reality. His works are a compound of scientific inquiries and artistic aspiration for beauty.

The Carthographic Series, 2001-07


OLAFUR ELIASSON The Carthographic Series, 2001-07


The Carthographic Series really is four works that between them comprise 100 individual units, hung in a grid. They are aerial photographs, transferred to photogravure, wjere individual leaves have been applied with various faint nuances of blue, green and violet.

About the work
In this work Eliasson stages the juxtaposition between abstract patterns and realistic depictions. Depending on how closely we look at the picture grid, it can remain an abstract pattern of different structures or, upon closer scrutiny, a series of meticulous representations of the Icelandic landscape. Thus we become aware that looking at the work we decide what it is about.

The photographs then are a combination of realism and abstraction. At first glance they are an abstract pattern of different structures but they turn out to be so realistic as to be used for scientific mapping.
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Olafur Eliasson's art in general
Eliasson's art possesses the nature of inquiries founded on thorough research in a scientific tradition. This affords certain similarities with conceptual art which also emphasised the exploratory and analytical aspects of art. In addition his works reveal a fascination with art's aesthetic aspects so that each work typically manifests a balance between the beautiful, nature romanticism, and scientific inquiry.
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Olafur Eliasson


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Olafur Eliasson studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts 1989-1995. Eliasson spent much of his childhood and youth in Iceland as his parents are icelandic. Today he lives and works in Berlin.....

The Carthographic Series, 2001-07 (Detail)

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