February 19, 2007

Floating in Miami

I was in Miami last month enjoying the art, long after Miami Basel. I imagine it' s a good time to visit the art district without the crowds, at your own pace. I went to the Margulies Collection for the first time. It is a large private collection that houses an eclectic holding of photography, video, sculpture and installation art in an old warehouse. It has pieces by some of the best known artists. The collection is huge ; I clearly did not give myself enough time. There is so much to see and digest, it is probably a better idea to break up your visit, so you're not rushing. Hey, admission is free!

In a corner, suspended in the air, was the Inverted Mirror Sphere by Olafur Eliasson, a Danish artist best known for his Weather Project at the Tate Modern a few years ago (I wish i had seen it). The sphere is a perfect example of what makes him unique: he works with light as a medium. He plays with reflective materials to diffuse light and create an immersive experience in a space that envelopes you. The light in the sphere leaves the impression of a stylized sun on the floor.

Its construction reminds you of a dandelion, floating lightly in the air. It's pretty cool.

I was visiting his website (
olafureliasson.net) and discovered that i saw another one of his installations on a trip to Berlin, without knowing that it was his work. More on that on a future post.

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