Olafur Eliasson’s Volcanoes and Shelters at Neugerriemschneider

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

Olafur Eliasson’s latest exhibition ‘Volcanoes and Shelters’ has recently opened at the Neugerriemschneider Gallery on Linienstrasse 155. The lofty, warehouse space will be exhibiting the collection until the 26th January 2013. But even though that leaves ample time, don’t wait until the last minute to gaze through the space and be charmed by work centred on the artist’s native country, Iceland. The gallery, based in Mitte, showcases the collection through a series of rooms, each exploring the rugged landscape of Iceland through photographs, re-imagined antique charts and delicately intertwined with symbolic objects…

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

A photographic collection of volcanoes is displayed in a large grid, the images conjure forth a foreign and alien land, with jagged splits and peaks across the Earth’s surface. Each volcano highlights a kaleidoscope of colours and shapes whilst maintaining an omnipresent danger of this natural wonder.

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

The subsequent series, ‘huts’, displays shots of traditional Icelandic houses, each nestled gently within the harsh landscape. It is these shelters that offer refuge from the perilous weather, becoming a safe haven embedded within the landscape. The structures are man-made, each with a distinctive style, eloquently highlighting the vernacular aesthetic inherent to Iceland.

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

Accompanying the exploratory photographs are old charts, mapping the incongruous landscape. Each chart is boxed in a wooden frame and covered with hand-made, coloured glass, the maps referencing the topography and traditional methods of understanding a landscape whilst the glass pays homage to the man-made aesthetic as seen in the shelters.

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

Blended throughout are objects constructed from large pieces of drift-wood and misted mirror. These pieces offer the viewer a tactile reminder of the harsh weather conditions.

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

Image taken by Aleesha Callahan, 2012

“Volcanoes and Shelters: Olafur Eliasson”
Neugerriemschneider Gallery
Linienstrasse 155
Through to January 26th 2013

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