Reception for Cecilia Edefalk's 24-Hour Venus

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 6:30-8pm    add to my calendar

<p>Cecilia Edefalk, <i>24−Hour Venus</i>, 2009. Photo courtesy the artist.</p>

Cecilia Edefalk, 24−Hour Venus, 2009. Photo courtesy the artist.



Press Release


Latest in Dia’s series of Artists’ Projects for the Web launches September 21, 2010

New York, NY—Dia Art Foundation is pleased to announce the 33rd commission in its series of Artists’ Web Projects by Stockholm-based artist Cecilia Edefalk titled 24–Hour Venus. For this new work the artist photographed an outdoor scene in Västeraspa, Sweden, over a full day close to the summer solstice. This series of images will be turned into a time-lapse project for visitors to interact with. The project can be seen on Dia’s website beginning September 21, 2010 at A launch and reception will be held at Dia:Chelsea on September 21, 2010, from 6:30–8pm on the fifth floor of 535 West 22nd Street, New York City. A conversation between the artist and Sara Tucker, Dia Director of Information Technology, will begin at 7pm.

For 24–Hour Venus, Edefalk presents a time-lapse video of a scene she photographed over twenty-four hours at a location in Västeraspa, near Stjärnholm, Sweden. She took the photographs during the 2009 summer solstice, when darkness fell for only a few hours, and chose an outdoor scene where subtle changes in the light revealed starkly different dimensions to the landscape. Seen over the duration of the 5 minute animation, the changes to the scene--which comprises a sculpture of Venus, an empty bench, and lush greenery--are perceivable but gradual. Alternately, the viewer can choose to look at a particular time of day, by clicking on different moments in the 24-hour timeline.

Edefalk has worked primarily in photography, painting, and sculpture. Her paintings and sculptures are usually executed in series, and the paintings frequently draw from a photographic image. As she paints an image again and again, sometimes over a period of many years, Edefalk transforms it in various ways, some subtle, some startling, and often removes visual information as a series progresses. For 24–Hour Venus, Edefalk’s first web-based work, she continues the device of repetition, but with photographs instead of painting. The piece is silent, but invites an intense contemplation that suggests listening as well as looking. Given its medium, the work also poses a challenge to viewers to slow down, an unfamiliar mode online.

Cecilia Edefalk lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Her work has been exhibited widely in Sweden and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Ceci, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden (2008); Lura ögat. Fem seklers bländverk, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (2008); Cecilia Edefalk, Eine Ausstellung der Kunsthalle zu Kiel in der Antikensammlung, Kunstahalle Kiel, Germany (2006); Art Institute, Chicago (2006); Documenta 11_Platform 5, Kassel, Germany (2002); Moderna museet, Stockholm (1999) and Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (1998). An exhibition of her work will open September 17, 2010, at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York City.

Dia initiated a series of web-based works in early 1995, becoming one of the first arts organizations to foster the use of the World Wide Web as an artistic and conceptual medium. Dia’s collection of web projects currently numbers thirty-two, and recent commissions include Lisi Raskin’s Warning Warum (2009), Dorit Margreiter’s alphabeth (2009), Liliana Porter’s Rehearsal (2008); Barbara Bloom’s Half Full–Half Empty (2008); Rosa Barba’s Vertiginous Mapping (2008); Ezra Johnson’s Wrestling with the Blob Beast (2008); and Wilfredo Prieto’s A Moment of Silence (2007), among others. To view these projects visit

This commission is supported in part by The American-Scandinavian Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. Beverages for the launch event complements of Brooklyn Brewery.

A nonprofit institution founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally renowned for enabling artists’ visions by initiating, supporting, and preserving extraordinary art projects. Dia presents public and education programs, exhibitions, and its collection of works from the 1960s through the present at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries in New York’s Hudson Valley. Dia introduces commissions and projects by contemporary artists and parallel education programs at The Hispanic Society of America in Washington Heights. The Hispanic Society partnership provides an interim venue for Dia’s New York City-based programs, while Dia develops a new site for these initiatives in Manhattan. Additionally, Dia maintains long-term, site-specific projects. These include Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) (1988), and Dan Flavin’s untitled (1996), in Manhattan; The Dan Flavin Art Institute, in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria’s Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977), Kassel, Germany; and Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) and De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977), in the Western United States. For additional public information, visit

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