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Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

The listening dimension

  • Olafur Eliasson
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Current Exhibitions at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery


Mood Organ

  • Kelly Akashi,
  • Opens: Feb. 27, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 18, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Songs in the Dark

  • Phil Collins,
  • Mat Collishaw,
  • Mark Dion,
  • Olafur Eliasson
  • Meschac Gaba,
  • Jónsi,
  • Agnieszka Kurant,
  • Charles Long,
  • Ernesto Neto,
  • Rivane Neuenschwander,
  • Lisa Oppenheim,
  • Susan Philipsz,
  • Analia Saban,
  • Tomás Saraceno,
  • Slavs and Tatars,
  • Hannah Starkey,
  • Jeffrey Vallance,
  • Gillian Wearing,
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2020
  • Closes: Feb. 20, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One Last Trip to The Underworld

  • Nathalie Djurberg,
  • Hans Berg,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 01, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sarah Sze

  • Sarah Sze,
  • Opens: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 19, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Living in a Lightbulb

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Burner

  • Dana Powell,
  • Opens: Jun. 06, 2019
  • Closes: Jul. 26, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Writing Yellow

  • Mark Manders,
  • Opens: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Closes: May. 24, 2019
  • Reception: Apr. 13, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

I hope this finds you well.

  • Laura Lima,
  • Opens: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 04, 2019
  • Reception: Feb. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

paradigm lost

  • Charles Long,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 05, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Single Voice

  • Susan Philipsz,
  • Opens: Oct. 25, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Punched Card

  • Analia Saban,
  • Opens: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 06, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Pine Barrens

  • Catharine Czudej,
  • Laeh Glenn,
  • Samara Golden,
  • Van Hanos,
  • Hugh Hayden,
  • Dan Herschlein,
  • Elizabeth Jaeger,
  • Zak Kitnick,
  • Agnieszka Kurant,
  • Ajay Kurian,
  • Kelly Akashi,
  • Mathew Cerletty,
  • Anna Pollack,
  • Dana Powell,
  • Kathleen Ryan,
  • Borna Sammak,
  • Max Hooper Schneider,
  • Hayley Silverman,
  • Emily Mae Smith,
  • Slavs and Tatars,
  • Nicole Wermers,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Jul. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Solar Rhythms

  • Tomás Saraceno,
  • Opens: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Isolated Above, Connected Down

  • Liu Shiyuan,
  • Opens: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 07, 2018
  • Reception: Feb. 22, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Carla Klein

  • Carla Klein,
  • Opens: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 15, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Phil Collins

  • Phil Collins,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 16, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The listening dimension

  • Olafur Eliasson
  • Opens: Mar. 23, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Durable Web

  • Lisa Oppenheim,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Uta Barth

  • Uta Barth,
  • Opens: Feb. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 11, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Rita Lundqvist

  • Rita Lundqvist,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

b 4 u

  • Charles Long,
  • Opens: Jan. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 04, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sleeping Chimneys. Dead Stars.

  • Martin Boyce,
  • Opens: May. 03, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 16, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Meschac Gaba

  • Meschac Gaba,
  • Opens: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 22, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 23 - Apr 22, 2017


Where

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

  • 521 West 21st Street, New York NY 10011 Map
  • 212.414.4144

About

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is very pleased to announce its ninth solo exhibition with world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson, The listening dimension, on view March 23 through April 22, 2017. Over the past two decades, Eliasson has developed an immensely rich, curious and complex practice at the intersection of aesthetics, science and ecology. In his first solo presentation in New York since 2012, Eliasson will transform the gallery’s exhibition space, across both floors, with a new body of work that explores light, vision and movement, heightening the viewer’s perceptual awareness and encouraging self-reflection.

Eliasson says: “The listening dimension emerged against the backdrop of the 2016 US elections. At a time when oversimplification is everywhere, I believe that art can play an important role in creating aesthetic experiences that are both open and complex. Today, in politics, we are bombarded with emotional appeals, often linked to simplistic, polarizing, populist ideas. The arts and culture, on the other hand, provide spaces in which people can disagree and still be together, where they can share individual and collective experiences that are ambiguous and negotiable. At its best, art is an exercise in democracy; it trains our critical capacities for perceiving and interpreting the world. Yet art does not tell us what to do or how to feel, but rather empowers us to find out for ourselves.”

The works in this exhibition depend upon the viewers to co-produce the aesthetic experience, as they are only wholly perceivable when one moves around them. Thus they call our attention to the ways in which we interpret the world. Upon entering the gallery foyer the viewer encounters Rainbow bridge (2017), a series of crystal spheres placed on a steel structure in a range of colors that shift and change as she progresses past and around the sculpture.

In the main gallery space, an expansive installation presents vast mirror surfaces and curving forms that immerse the viewer in a disorienting environment. On each wall, one to three large rings appear to hover in space. As the viewer moves around the room, the construction is revealed and the rings disclose themselves as semicircular tubes mounted to a mirror. Completed by their reflections, the semi-circular elements produce virtual rings that traverse the boundary between actual and reflected space. Titled The listening dimension (orbit 1, orbit 2, and orbit 3) (2017), the installation reinforces Eliasson’s insistence on actively engaging the viewer in the artwork.

The exhibition continues on the gallery’s second floor with sculptures, installations and paintings that weave together the major themes of Eliasson’s decades-long practice. The evocative Space resonates regardless of our presence series from 2017 presents concentric bands of delicately modulated light and shadow, cast on the walls of a darkened room. The optical instrument employs a section from a glass lens originally designed for use in lighthouses. This lens gathers stray beams of light and casts them at a consistent angle, thus enhancing the visibility of the light at sea. Here the effect of this lens exploits light’s potential as a malleable material.

Also on view on this floor is Midnight sun (2017). A circular, slightly concave mirror is mounted on the wall; a mono-frequency lamp installed between the mirror and the wall shines into the surrounding room, forming a halo around the reflected space. The smooth surface and brilliant color create the impression of a parallel space in which the viewer’s image is mirrored and slightly distorted.
Notions of perception and visual understanding are also addressed in Colour experiment no. 78 (2015), a large grid of seventy-two paintings of subtly progressing hues that reveal the entire spectrum of colors visible to the human eye. This work is the result of Eliasson’s ongoing research into color phenomena, a process that began by working with a color chemist to create colors that match each nanometer of light in the visible spectrum.

Between the two floors, a large driftwood compass, Rouge navigator (2017), serves as a key to the show. A weathered log painted green and red at each end hangs from the ceiling by a steel wire; a magnetic rod suspended from the driftwood orients the red half towards the north, like the needle of a compass. Eliasson’s interest in the compass springs from the way that the instrument, by allowing us to situate ourselves in relation to a map or a grid, enables us to see ourselves within a broader context; a compass refers to a frame of reference beyond our specific location and immediate perception. Compasses orient us not only geographically and topographically, but also socially. The experience of the compass pointing north is the same everywhere for everyone, and, as Eliasson points out, the universality of this experience of direction is something that connects us.


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