I recently watched an episode of Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design about Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The episode, and the series itself, are well worth seeing.
ABOVE: Olafur Eliasson’s ‘The Weather Project’ in Tate Modern. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (author: Michael Reeve)
Best known for his large scale installations, Olafur Eliasson often uses water, light and air to play with the viewers sense of perception. Here some of his most interesting quotes:
“I see the artist as a participant, a co-producer of reality. I do not see the artist as a person who sits at a distance and evaluates.”
“I want to expose and evaluate the fact that the seeing and sensing process is a system that should not be taken for granted as natural – it’s a cultivated means of reality production that, as a system, can be negotiated and changed.”
“Artists are valuable to public discussion: They show the correlation between doing and thinking.”
“For the sake of sanity, the brain and the eyes keep things simple. But take away the sense of sight and suddenly things are not so simple.”
“The viewer brings something individual to the experience of any artwork.”
From the purely realistic, to the thoroughly abstract, when it comes to art, I love it all. While a list of my favorite artists would go on forever, here are some of my current fav’s.
ABOVE: Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012, mixed media, approx. 140 x 42 x 33 inches
For the purposes of this blog, I have decided to keep this list short…and contemporary. Without further ado, here it is:
Who builds a shit making machine? Vim Delvoye, that’s who. If that alone weren’t enough to make this list, his website is awesome too.
Nick Cave makes beautiful, technicolor costumes (aka: soundsuits) that perfectly blend dance and music with the visual arts. It doesn’t get more fun than this.
A talented drafts person, Wikipedia describes Crabapple’s art as pop/surrealism. Of all the artists on this list, she is by far the most political – at least overtly.
A truly immersive artist, Eiliasson’s sculptures and installations are all about the experience. The Weather Project is a perfect example of this.
Everyone loves firecrackers; Guo-Qiang brings them into the realm of ‘fine’ art. His large-scale installations aren’t half bad either.