Olafur Eliasson, 

I can only see things when I move, 2004
Olafur Eliasson, 

I can only see things when I move, 2004

Olafur Eliasson

I can only see things when I move, 2004

Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, who lives in Berlin, has become increasingly recognised in the international art world over the last few years. In his often highly complex installations, he repeatedly investigates the viewer’s perception. For example, he may dematerialise the work – as in “Your blind movement” (2010) – into a misty sphere through which the viewer becomes aware of his own presence as he explores the space. The title of the series of three photo engravings “I can only see things when I move”, produced six years earlier, already refers to this relationship between movement and perception. The colouring and distribution of pictorial areas reveal an affinity with the Pop Art of Andy Warhol. Each engraving uses four images to highlight the same motif of steps – Eliasson’s own Munich work “Circumlocution” (2004). However, in each case this motif is captured from a different standpoint, and by this means the artist does not address the viewer as in “Your blind movement”, but conveys his own movement and perceptions to the viewer: “I can only see things when I move”. However, at the same time, with the aid of this series – which can only be perceived as a whole successively – he succeeds in creating a situation in which the artist’s handling of the motif enters into impressive interaction with the viewer’s gradual assimilation of the artwork.

I can only see things when I move, 2004
Series of three coloured photo engravings,
each 130 x 130 cm
Acquired in the context of the Berlin Senate’s programme to promote artists using funds from the Deutsche Klassenlotterie, Berlin 2008

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