Olafur Eliasson presents a series of new works and two large installations in São Paulo, Brazil in his first solo show held in two galleries (Galeria Fortes Vilaça and Galeria Luisa Strina) simultaneously.
Eliasson’s work deals with sensory and perceptual questions, seeking to reinforce the idea that we all co-produce the world in which we live. The spectator, therefore, is never passive, but always takes part in the artwork’s process of signification.
At Galpão Fortes Vilaça, the visitor is welcomed by an environment defined by light, darkness and movement, where the artworks point to a world “which is not found, but made.” In Your uncertain shadow, one comes upon a large white wall – as the viewer crosses the space, the walls come to life with a series of shadows in movement. The shadows are superimposed in a scale of tones extending from gray to black, creating a sort of choreography.
At Galeria Luisa Strina, the spectator is invited to scientific instruments, works that the architecture theorist Sanford Kwinter has called “perceiving machines.” In the artwork that lends the exhibition its title, Your orbit perspective, a slowly rotating semicircle, projected onto a screen, appears to tilt as it rotates. This three-dimensional effect generates a neurological stimulus that provides an altered experience of space. Both exhibitions close in may 25, and entrance is free.
Words: Douglas Negrisolli Photo: Olafur Eliasson: Your uncertain shadow (black and white), 2010 © Olafur Eliasson Studio