Today leaning into tomorrow, yesterday leaning into today, 2023
Two rows of glass ellipses hang on a wall, one above the other. Each presents a progression of seven, overlapping ellipses that transition from flat, elongated shapes to round circles. The rows develop in opposing directions in the top and bottom row, creating a kind of symmetry and balance between the two. The colours of the ellipses transition through the major hues of the subtractive colour model, from yellow to green to cyan above, and from yellow to orange to red and magenta below. Intermediary tones have been used wherever the ellipses overlap to create an illusion of transparency and enhance the sense of motion.
Eliasson has long been inspired by the inherent visual confusion of the ellipse, which, depending on the context, can produce an illusion of a circular disc viewed in perspective. Here, the ellipses shift simultaneously upon their axes, creating the sense that the disc is rotating and tumbling at the same time.
The backs of the glass panes are silvered, reflecting the viewers and their surroundings in the particular monochromatic tone of the glass. Ripples and bubbles in the handblown glass enhance the fluidity of the work.
|Today leaning into tomorrow, yesterday leaning into today
|Laminated silvered coloured glass (shades of yellow, green, blue, pink, orange), composite board, aluminium