The recent profile on Hans Ulrich Obrist in the New Yorker December issue covered his propensity for art that is somehow interactive, impermanent, and relational. It is no wonder that H.U.O is one of the first curators that helped discover the Danish-Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson. With sculptures and large-scale installations, Eliasson masterfully manipulates light, water and air to create sensational experiences of art that can only be understood in person.
As an architect, I am secretly jealous of how Eliasson can create incredible spatial experiences without having to justify his creation with absurd clichés of sun diagrams and giant vector arrows. While it is difficult to pinpoint where architecture lies in the art spectrum, I am very much inclined to take cues from how Eliasson discusses his in-situ artwork A Riverbed inside a Museum at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.