Olafur Eliasson: Your Waste of Time
Installation presents massive pieces of ice that broke off from Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The oldest ice in the glacier is estimated to have originated some 800 years ago, around AD 1200.
Presented as sculptures that visitors can walk around and contemplate, their continued presence is made possible by refrigerating the gallery space to maintain a temperature below freezing. The physical experience of centuries-old ice from the glaciers of Eliasson’s native Iceland makes tangible a history that extends beyond the human life span—time that is measured in thousands of years rather than mere decades.
This morning I was making a beeline to the Olafur Eliasson pieces through a crowded MoMA when my efforts and attentions were diverted to two other exhibits- Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing and Projects 87: Sigalit Landau.
Glossolalia: Languages of Drawing
Glossolalia means speaking in tongues and the exhibit reflects how each artist while exploring their own path, created their own visual language. The show includes 100 works by self-taught outsider artists and conventionally trained professionals including – Öyvind Fahlström, Henry Darger, Basquiat , Jim Nutt, Raymond Pettibon, Russell Crotty, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince, Patti Smith, and the forever irresistible Tom of Finland. I went through the rooms about 5 times before i started to feel the guards observation – and decided to move on. but what a welcomed surprise- it closes 07 july- so don’t miss it!
Projects 87: Sigalit Landau
In DeadSee (2005), Israeli artist Landau floats in a spiral of 500 green watermelons creating a 19-foot spiral on the salt-saturated waters of the Dead Sea until the coil slowly unravels. In Barbed Salt Lamps (2007), objects made of barbed wire have been submerged in the salt-saturated Dead Sea and dried in the sun, forming a crystallized surface. really beautiful.