The Forked Forest Path

Olafur Eliasson

Archive Exhibitions (18 May to 20 June 2021)
This Spring explore the twisting pathways of a fairytale forest that sprang up in the imagination of the internationally renowned Danish–Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. This landmark work will be one of Fabrica’s most immersive and memorable exhibitions to date, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year. Presented in partnership with Brighton Festival, the exhibition will run from 18 May to 20 June 2021.
The Forked Forest Path at Fabrica will take the visitor on a journey through the gallery space, interacting with the natural world. Led by a trail that entices visitors into a dense thicket you will be immersed in an installation filled with branches, saplings and thinnings, combined with a strong, earthy smell reminiscent of a forest floor that enfolds viewers in the sights, scents and textures of a wood in winter.

The Forked Forest Path evokes a strong sense of ‘the woods’ and our relationship to this aspect of nature and human folklore. The artist’s stipulation for recreating The Forked Forest Path is that exhibitors must source branches and saplings locally and sustainably in order to create it. The materials for this exhibition have been sourced from Foxwood Foresty near Lewes, Stanmer Park, Wilderness Wood and Laughton Greenwood.

And, as in so many fairytales, a fork in the path hints of peril or happy endings. Which way will you choose?

The Forked Forest Path is part of the Towner Collection on loan to Fabrica from Towner Eastbourne. It has previously been exhibited at Towner (twice) at the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester and at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York.

About The Artist

Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. He strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s works span sculpture, painting, photography, film, and installation. Not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, his practice engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and issues of sustainability and climate change.

Eliasson was born in 1967. He grew up in Iceland and Denmark and studied from 1989 to 1995 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and founded Studio Olafur Eliasson, which today comprises a large team of craftsmen, architects, archivists, researchers, administrators, cooks, programmers, art historians, and specialised technicians.

Artist Residencies

Artist Steve Geliot undertook a residency with Fabrica alongside The Forked Forest Path which was a platform to highlight his relationship as an artist to the natural world and particularly his Dark Skies campaigning work of recent years. Steve documented this work on his blog and organised two nighttime events during the exhibition run.

In partnership with The Living Coast (TLC) artist Anna Dumitriu was selected for the Fabrica-TLC Artist Residency 2021. Anna's residency and accompanying blog 'Algologies' took place between 17 May–17 June and was a deep dive into the study of seaweed, its scientific, economic and social history and how this resonates locally through specific people and places, and The Living Coast and Biosphere goals.

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