Olafur Eliasson: Kaleidoscopic

If you are in ChicagoLife of the Party you only have 13 more days to experience the wonders of the exhibit “Take your time: Olafur Eliasson” currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

You’ll have to forgive my enthusiasm but this is by far one of the be exhibits of modern art I have ever seen. Olafur Eliasson is a Scandinavian-Icelandic artist whose work integrates architecture, geometry, light, image, and space in order to pull the audience into the landscapes of his worlds.

When encountering his work people are at once amused and confounded by the manipulation of the micro-environments Eliasson creates.Light Play

Entering the exhibit in Chicago you walk through a long white corridor lit by yellow fluorescent bulbs attached to the ceiling. The casual eye does not notice at first, however as you walk through the hall everything becomes a little shadier–grayer to be exact.

The optical effect of the white walls combined with the yellow light erases all color from your vision in the hallway except for blacks and yellows. Everyone before you looks straight out of a 1950s sitcom against a yellow backdrop. Eliasson erased the color from your world. And this is only the beginning of the exhibit.

Olafur Eliasson must have gazed into a kaleidoscope when he was 5 years old and never looked back. Each piece of work in this collection is unique, yet they all have a magical way of pulling you in and making you experience the world immediately around in unexpected ways.

Here are some teaser photos.

Peek-a-boo Structure

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~ by Em on September 1, 2009.

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