The Colors of Water

For these artists, this life-giving element is more than just something to drink: it’s inspiration. Here are three (talented) examples worth a visit.

Text: María Ignacia Pentz @mariamariapentz
       

Leandro Erlich

This Argentinean artist likes to play with the viewer’s perception, using the element of surprise. Swimming Pool is perhaps his most famous work. In this full-scale optical illusion, the pool seems to be filled with water, but you can enter the installation and walk along the bottom without getting wet.

www.leandroerlich.com.ar

Where to See It?
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art – Kanazawa City, Japan.

 

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The Swimming Pool (2004), Leandro Erlich.

 


 

Olafur Eliasson

The Danish artist who stained rivers fluorescent green in different parts of the world and installed four artificial waterfalls on New York’s East River is currently presenting his works at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet with the show Reality Machines. One of the pieces on display, Big Bang Fountain, combines water and strobe lights in a black room. The result? Splashes of water in fascinating, abstract shapes.

www.olafureliasson.net

Where to See It?
Through January 17 at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Big Bang Fountain (2014), Olafur Eliasson.

Big Bang Fountain (2014), Olafur Eliasson.

 


 

Linnea Strid

Showering, hand washing, drinking a glass of water. The hyperrealist paintings of Swedish artist Linnea Strid portray scenes from everyday life, and water takes center stage. Based on high-definition photographs, her compositions transmit a feeling of total intimacy, captivating the viewer with the incredible detail of textures and reflections. You can almost feel the water.

www.linneastrid.se

Where to See It?
From January 23 to February 20, with Love Me When I’m Gone, at Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA.

 

Liza, Linnea Strid.

Liza, Linnea Strid.

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