Olafur Eliasson Inspires Repetti Gallery Show In Greenpoint

Repetti's Eliasson Survey in Greenpoint

Repetti’s Eliasson Survey in Greenpoint

From the F, to the L, to the G subway line, the EVP team went roadtripping to Greenpoint on Saturday night in pursuit of anything “Olafur Eliasson” – Mr. Waterfalls.

Thanks to Repetti and its new show “It’s About Time, Man: Reconstituting the Eliasson Survey,” 155 Freeman Street was chock-full of Olafur-inspired artwork. The immense raw space was an excellent fit for displaying the diverse survey from 12 local artists.

According to Sam Farnsworth, Director of the artist-run Repetti gallery, the Freeman Street space will be expanding upwards by a floor or two in the coming year. More future plans for the gallery here.

The Show

Before entering the building, similar to Mike Nelson’s A Psychic Vacuum ride last September on Delancey street, all visitors needed to sign a waiver saying that they were willing to die in order to see this artwork. Ultimately, there were a few holes in the floor, but nothing our sober editorial team could not handle.

Farnsworth explained that even though each piece took inspiration from works by Eliasson, it wasn’t about reconstituting a Greenpoint version of Olafur’s originals. Instead, artists used Eliasson’s work as a palette from which they derived their own unique pieces.

One of our favorite Eliasson works is The Weather Project and Melissa Barrett Lundquist’s execution made the most of a tight space. Through the smoke, Lundquist’s Weather Project ably and humorously tweaked its gargantuan inspiration.

Weather Project
Melissa Barrett Lundquist – The weather project 2008 (Photographer:
Weather Project
Olafur Eliasson – The weather project 2003 (Photographer: Jens Ziehe)

Another work, located in the cavernous backroom of the first floor, was a thick chunk of ice hanging from the ceiling over a hot plate. We’re not sure who the Repetti artist was but we think he or she took their cue from Eliasson’s “The glacierhouse effect versus the greenhouse effect” of 2005.

Our read on the Repetti artist’s work: the world is like a big hot plate and it’s melting the polar ice cap. Ban hot plates now!

Given that the show runs until August 20 in Greenpoint, this piece will probably not make it to the end.

The glacierhouse effect versus the greenhouse effect 2008
Repetti Artist – The glacierhouse effect versus the greenhouse effect 2008 (Photographer:
The glacierhouse effect versus the greenhouse effect
Olafur Eliasson – The glacierhouse effect versus the greenhouse effect 2005 (
Olafur Eliasson website)

In the same room was a reflective rotating piece of cardboard that projected random patterns of light on to the building’s unfinished walls. East Village Podcasts is once again taking a guess that this is inspired by Eliasson’s “Your space embracer 2004.” This piece embraced its raw space as Eliasson’s did its sleek Stockholm venue.

Stockholm, Greenpoint.. hey, we’re all in this “Olafur Eliasson” thing together, baby.

Your space embracer 2008
Repetti Artist – Your space embracer 2008 (Photographer:
Your space embracer
Olafur Eliasson – Your space embracer 2004 (
Olafur Eliasson website)

Going to the Show

The gallery is just 5 blocks from the Metropolitan Avenue stop on the G train. If you can, make a trek out to Greenpoint, but don’t forget to call ahead.. You’ll need to make an appointment, first. If interest in this exhibit takes off, we’d encourage the gallery owners to consider one more weekend “opening” with flexible gallery hours.

Read more on Repetti’s website.

Artists exhibiting at the show include John Delk, Patrick Doyle, Sean Glover, Carolyn Funk, Lara Kohl, Matthew Lusk, Melissa Barrett Lundquist, William McMillin, Leigh Ann Pahapill, Tim Saltarelli, Dave Shull, and Nikita Vishnevskiy.

More photos from Repetti’s show “It’s About Time, Man: Reconstituting the Eliasson Survey”…

Repetti in Greenpoint


Repetti in Greenpoint


Repetti in Greenpoint


Repetti in Greenpoint


Repetti in Greenpoint

Links: Greenpointers, WNYC


July 27th, 2008

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