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Beneath Our Feet

I saw Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls in New York harbor last year, but I preferred the landscape photographs in his MOMA show.  This image, one of a Cartographic Series in the Brooklyn Museum, is a lovely example of how abstract and complex those photographs can be.  The recurring visions of glaciers and fjords are subtly textured and slightly varying.  The palettes tend to be fairly limited, but within them, how much variety!  These landscapes disorient us in place and scale: are they near or far, small or large?  The contours would seem equally plausible under a microscope or from a satellite….  The delicate tracery, the shifting relation of water and earth, remind us that the ground beneath us is beautiful and unstable.

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  1. […] Olafur Eliasson‘s over-complicated social project “Green Light,” which was not engaging despite its good intentions and despite my usual appreciation for his work. […]

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