Olafur Eliasson’s “The speed of your attention” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Los Angeles

Olafur Eliasson’s “The speed of your attention” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Los Angeles

From September 15 through December 22, 2018, Olafur Eliasson’s “The speed of your attention”, will be on view at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

“For more than two decades, Eliasson’s installations, paintings, photography, films, and public projects have served as tools for exploring the cognitive and cultural conditions that inform our perception. In expansive installations focused on color, light, and movement and in environments that re-contextualize natural phenomena, Eliasson forefronts the exchange between the actively engaged visitor and her individualized experience of the physical artwork in the space,” writes the gallery. “Eliasson’s practice — not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery — engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and issues of sustainability and climate change,” the gallery adds.

The exhibition explores geometry, light, perception, and movement in new works that offer an array of interactive and meditative experiences as the viewer wanders through the galleries. “Moving together” lines the entrance of the exhibition and is a freestanding installation of 54 crystal spheres.

“Arranged in a grid of six rows and nine columns, the spheres transition from completely transparent — in which the viewer sees her own upside-down reflection — to varying degrees of transparency and black, to solid black, depending on the viewing angle and the viewer’s movements,” the gallery adds. “Floating elegantly above the reading room, the driftwood is painted red and green on either planed end, and the magnetic rod at the top of the hoop orients the red end toward the north.”

There is also a “Seismo-sound” compass, which is one of the more recent works in the longstanding series of compasses by the artist. The compass allows us to situate ourselves in relation to a larger surrounding, enabling us to see ourselves within a broader context. “Retinal flare” is an installation that employs projected light passing through turning color discs, exploring color theory and spatial perception.


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