Elmgreen & Dragset at Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

Acute Art is excited to announce a new augmented reality artwork by Danish-Norwegian duo, Elmgreen & Dragset.

Based on the artists’ sculpture Dilemma (2017) permanently located at Ekebergparken in Oslo, Norway, Dilemma AR (2019) depicts a young boy on the edge of a tall diving board positioned to create the illusion that he is on the verge of leaping into water below. Continuing the leitmotif of the swimming pool and its accessories, the sculpture also reiterates themes of childhood and the transition into adulthood Elmgreen & Dragset have explored since the mid-2000s.

This new work will be exhibited in the first-ever in-depth survey of their sculpture work at Nasher Sculpture Center, opening September 14, 2019. The first AR work to be shown by the Dallas-based institution, it will be placed in their sculpture garden alongside permanent works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and more.

For this exhibition, the artists have chosen to present their sculptures free of any narrative, as with previous works. Interested in what might become of a sculpture once it is removed from its display history, the artists have returned to the central concerns of their sculptural practice: meaning and context.

By presenting a digital version of a physical work permanently sited elsewhere, Elmgreen & Dragset push the question of meaning and context to its current technologic limits.

Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures opens at Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas September 14 and is on view until January 5, 2020. 

Main image: Dilemma (2017) at Ekebergparken, Oslo. Photo by Florian Holzherr.


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