Arts in Transit
Chesterfield Arts
St. Louis
Grand Center
U. City

Ohne Titel

Ohne Titel

Artist: Olafur Eliasson, Danish, b. 1967
Title: Ohne Titel, 2000
Media: Custom aluminum lamp housings, colored acrylics
lenses, fluorescent lamps
Dimensions: 325' installed; each lamp approximately 10" in diameter
Owner: Arts in Transit

About the Work
Pools of colored light, up high and to the side, now coming closer, and then disappearing into darkness. But there's another! Or did I miss one? One of the right is a softer color; there's another. In time, not all at once Olafur Eliassons' Ohne Titel unfolds as we move down the track, capturing our attention. This site-specific work of art changes our environment.

Throughout Olafur Eliassons' career, he has developed two related bodies of work using different materials and techniques to systematically explore humans' perception of natural phenomena. In one body, he uses the effects of light technology and reflection, the ephemeral, combined with simple and tangible natural materials such as moss, fire, and trees to create site-specific environments. Most often these are temporary installations. HIs economic use of materials creates environments that are elegant, poetic, evocative and often quite magical. Through these materials,
he engages the spectator's senses and heightens the awareness of space, light and movement. Paralleling this work, but never exhibited at the same time, is his photography that he uses to document natural settings such as caves, icebergs,
hot springs and volcanoes.

Born in Denmark, Olafur Eliasson has an international reputation as an installation artist. He received his formal art training at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Currently living in Germany, Eliasson has exhibited internationally since 1989,
including such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, and the De Appel Foundation in Amsterdam, Holland.
One of his fundamental objectives is to encourage audiences to reflect upon the art of seeing. He has commented that he seeks to recapture his childhood experiences in Iceland, depicting the country's ice, snow, moss, and dramatic vistas through his
own art.