i8 Gallery (IS)

Over its twenty-six year history, i8 Gallery has fostered an influential group of artists from its Reykjavík base. The foundation of i8 Gallery is the conceptual rigour and intellectual spirit of its artists’ practices, which subtly unites the diverse roster. The twenty-three artists of the gallery work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, drawing, video, textile, installation, and performance.

Tryggvagata 16
101 Reykjavík
(+354) 551 3666

Curated for

For CHART 2021, i8 Gallery presents a series of new watercolours by Ólafur Elíasson.

Ólafur Elíasson (DK)

Watercolours have been a sustained interest of Ólafur Elíasson, which he has used to investigate colour, movement, and time since 2009. The works often conjure subtle illusions of space and light through the repeated application of thin, transparent washes onto a single sheet of paper in a meticulous, highly physical production process.

Ólafur Elíasson (b. 1967 in Copenhagen to Icelandic parents) studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995 he established Studio Olafur Eliasson as a laboratory for spatial research in Berlin. His wide-ranging solo shows have appeared in major museums around the globe, most recently at the Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain and Fondation Beyeler in Swiss. Eliasson has engaged in a number of projects in public space and architectural designs, including the façade of Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland, and represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.

Solar short-term memory (22 seconds)

Watercolour and pencil on paper, 71,6 x 53, 9 cm

i8 Gallery

Solar short-term memory (11 seconds)

Watercolour and pencil on paper, 71,6 x 53,9 cm

i8 Gallery

Beyond human time

Installation view

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Beyond human time, Installation view, i8 Gallery, 2020

Ólafur Elíasson in his studio

Portrait by Runa Maya Mørk Huber