In Real Life
I vote In Real Life, celebrating the work of Olafur Eliasson (at Tate Modern until 5 January 2020), as the standout exhibition of the year. It contains 40 works of art including immersive installations, sculptures, photography and paintings. Using materials ranging from moss and fog to glass and perspex, these works will make you question how you feel about the world around you.
Smoke And Mirrors
Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist born in 1967. His art concentrates on three themes: nature (particularly Icelandic landscapes); geometry; and how we relate to the world around us. For example, the piece of art that captivated me the longest was one called Beauty, where fine water droplets, a moving fog, shimmered in ethereal light.
Other pieces, such as global geometric wonders suspended from the ceiling, played with light and form to create beautiful sculptures with striking shadows. They were simply breathtaking.
Of Our Time
This art is perfectly of our time, as our world reaches a crisis point, it immerses you in the world’s beauty and makes you want to protect it all the more. As well as through his art, Eliasson works to save our planet in other ways. He has founded an architectural practice with Sebastian Behmann that has projects focusing on renewable energy, climate change and migration.
The exhibition underlines the power of art to express global issues and urges us all to play our part. As creatives, it is up to you to create work that could make a difference. Apart from choosing which clients and campaigns you work with, and helping brands to pursue more environmental objectives and publicise the importance of being sustainable, you as a person can make a difference by the causes you choose to support.
Make Your Mark
The recent Extinction Rebellion demonstrations prove the power of taking a stand. It might be too late, but look around you. Isn’t all this worth fighting for?