Friday, March 26, 2010

event: Take Your Time Olafur Eliasson

Just checked out the Olafur Eliasson exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney (140 George Stree, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia P:+612 9245 2400). It's such an amazing day today that it seemed right to wander at leisure - which makes sense given the name of the exhi is "Take Your Time" - and look at the installations that Eliasson and his army of local studio participants are touring in Australia.

The exhibition - generated by the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art, has travelled through the United States and the MCA is the only venue in Australia where it will feature. 30 works from 1993 to the present (and I mean the right now for The Cubic Structural Evolution Project) have been brought over and span sculpture, installation and photography.
The idea behind the exhibition? To take the viewer on a journey that shifts them from physical presence to sensory. To encase and immerse them in the stripped bare, minimal art forms that are large scale yet uniquely intricate. The exhibition has a very 'natural' feeling, like you're within the present universe but a fragment of the environment around you. The colour wheels, the light reflections, the incredible deep-earth "Soil quasi bricks" made from fired compressed-soil tiles leading into the "Beauty" room all add to the incredibly calming and simple exhibition that is still so complex. I loved it. Get there. (Take your time: Olafur Eliasson 10 December 2009 - 11 April 2010) **Sorry for the shit photos - iPhone you know...plus you're not supposed to take them so was being sneaky!**



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