Olafur Eliasson. Sonne statt Regen
Landscape photographs by Olafur Eliasson from his homeland of Iceland: What if we suddenly realized that our concept of nature is ultimately only a construct?
Since the nineties, Olafur Eliasson has been exploring cognitive and physical phenomena from the natural sciences and nature. He uses both technically sophisticated equipment and deceptively simple means such as water or light to create artificial landscapes and moments of perception that let viewers perceive or re-enact natural phenomena. Their deeply atmospheric (but entirely constructed) nature makes viewers become painfully conscious of how far modern civilization has progressed from immediate experience, questioning the acceptance of authenticity in the area of perception.
This lavish over-sized book, conceived in co-operation with the artist, features a series of landscape photographs by Eliasson from his native Iceland, exploring the limits and conventions of our traditional view of landscape. They show that our perception of nature has been fundamentally affected by cultural influences, memories and expectations.