The Tanya Bonakdar Gallery announced it will present Your ocular relief, Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s eleventh solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from March 9 through April 24, 2021, in New York.
According to Eliasson’s website, since the early 1990s, Eliasson’s practice has concentrated around the investigation of perception, often using natural phenomena to heighten our understanding of each other and our surroundings. Your ocular relief continues Eliasson’s long-standing investigation of the cognitive and cultural conditions of perception, seeking to offer an alternative to the current pressures that shape our existence.
“I hope that Your ocular relief offers a moment to exhale” states Eliasson. “In this past year—at a time when it felt as if there were no release, no relaxation—I became convinced that we need a moment of relief, of beauty, of letting go, in order to conceive of a better tomorrow. Before you have hope, you have to have relief.”
Additionally, on March 19 at 1pm EST, the gallery will host a virtual artist talk between Olafur Eliasson & Gloria Sutton. Register for the event here.
Gloria Sutton is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and New Media at Northeastern University, she is also a research affiliate in the Art Culture Technology Program at MIT. In 2019, Sutton wrote an essay entitled “From Cinematic to Abstraction to Digital Compression: Olafur Eliasson’s Reality Projector” for Olafur Eliasson’s Reality Projector catalogue.
About Olafur Eliasson
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967) works with sculpture, painting, photography, film, installation, and digital media. His art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self and community. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the public through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and climate action. Eliasson is internationally-renowned for his public installations that challenge the way we perceive and co-create our environments. In 2003, he made The weather project, a glowing indoor sun shrouded in mist at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. In 2008, Eliasson constructed four expansive artificial waterfalls along the Manhattan and Brooklyn shorelines for The New York City Waterfalls. He has also explored art’s potential to address climate change: for Ice Watch, he brought large blocks of free-floating glacial ice to the city centers of Copenhagen in 2014, Paris in 2015, and London in 2018. Passers-by could touch fragments of the Greenlandic glacial ice and witness its fragility as it disappeared before them. In 2019, Eliasson was named UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for climate action and the sustainable development goals. Located in Berlin, Studio Olafur Eliasson comprises a large team of craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, art historians, and specialized technicians.
Featured Image Credit: Olafur Eliasson, Your ocular relief, 2021, Studio Olafur Eliasson