Light and colour can create incredible effects, within a space, on a person, within the world. The work of Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson revisits and recasts these effects again and again, in a variety of ways. Internationally he is known for a number of key projects, often involving interventions in the landscape – or occasionally having landscape intervene in a gallery.
In 1998, he used uranin, a dye used in the detection of plumbing leaks, to colour a river in Berlin green. He created four man-made waterfalls in New York harbour some years later. But in the UK he is almost certainly best known for his installation in the Tate Modern Turbine Hall. The Weather Project was the first exhibit in this cavernous space to really capture the imagination of the public, with people flocking to lie on the floor and look up at the huge artificial sun he created.
Throughout his diverse career, colour and the spectrum have recurred again and again in his work, most often presented in a context of interaction with the viewer. In his 1997 piece, Room for One Colour, visitors walked into a room filled with nothing but yellow light. Rainbow bridge (2017), a row of 12 apparently clear crystal balls, mounted at head height on a metal frame, turn to the colours of the spectrum as visitors walk past.His latest exhibition opened on 1 March at the Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles Reality projector (2018) is an installation using projected light and the architecture of the gallery space to create a dynamic three-dimensional environment of shapes and colour, referencing, among other elements, the area’s history as a movie town. The show promises to be an immersive treat for the colour-curious.
‘Reality projector’ is on show from 1 March until August 2018. For exhibition times see the Marciano Art Foundation website.