For the past two years, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has taken photographs documenting his country’s unique volcanic landscape. The evidence is now on show at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Chelsea, where the gallery walls are filled with the extraordinary photographs of multi-hued beauty.
Another wall of photographs is devoted to the architecture of a particular type of house found in remote parts of Iceland. Photographed during Eliasson’s spring time hikes through his country’s highlands, these rescue shelters, hiking hubs and cabins represent small signs of life within a community.
On the second floor of the gallery is a large scale installation of giant black volcanic rock. It feels so satisfying to be able to look at multi-dimensional volcanic rock upstairs having spent so long down stairs gazing at the close up world of volcanoes.
Olafur Eliasson. Volcanoes and shelters. Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. 521 West 21st Street. New York. 10011. Tel: 212 414 4144