Way With Light ATHR
A Way With Light at ATHR Gallery
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Сollaborating with RFC, AKTHR (the ATHR gallery’s experimental art mediums division) presents A Way With Light, an immersive group exhibition featuring such artists as Ahaad Alamoudi, Daniah Al-Saleh, Refik Anadol, Ayman Yossri Daydban, Jonas Lund, Quayola, Andrés Reisinger as well as two art collectives: the teamLab and Random International. On view until 27 December 2023, the show displays their digital art installations and NFT artworks. 

Perfectly blending reality and the virtual world, A Way With Light creates a space where the boundaries between art and technology blur. The exhibits invite visitors to engage, explore, and contemplate the synergy of artistic brilliance and tech advancement. The displayed art pieces offer an intricately woven narrative and encourage one to uncover emotions that extend beyond traditional art forms. 

About the artists

Ahaad Alamoudi (b. 1991, Jeddah, KSA) lives and works between Jeddah and London (UK). Her art practice deploys photography, video, and print installations. The main themes she focuses on in her work are Saudi Arabian history and representation. Travelling between KSA and the UK, Alamoudi also explores how communities promote heritage through archiving and how various historical narratives weave throughout families and communities. 

In her art, Daniah Al-Saleh (b. 1970, Riyadh, KSA) explores cultural conditioning and behavioural patterns and paradigms in daily life. She examines ubiquitous elements and reflects on these cultural tropes to draw out their relation to memory, connectedness, and division. Her work comments on human fragility, insecurity, and vulnerability.

Daniah Al Saleh, Pedestrian. Water Color and Pencil on Paper. 146.5 x 150.5 cm

Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey) is an artist and designer who lives in Los Angeles (USA). Employing data and machine learning algorithms, he creates dreamlike abstract paintings, sculptures, breathtaking live audio/visual performances, and immersive installations. His works encourage us to rethink our engagement with the tangible world and the potential of machines in making art.

Refik Anadol Studio, Machine Hallucinations: ISS Dreams.

Ayman Yossri Daydban (b. 1966, Palestine) resides in Jeddah. His body of work includes paintings, photos, and prints. He observes the spectator and his surroundings and remains independent at the same time. In his work, the artist focuses on such themes as identity, the social collective memory, existence, belonging, and alienation.  

Jonas Lund (b. 1984, Linköping, Sweden) lives and works between Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and Berlin (Germany). His practice encompasses paintings, sculptures, photography, websites, and performances. In his interactive works, he reflects on contemporary networked systems and power structures. The artist also delves into the themes related to the increasing digitalisation of today’s society and examines the issues of the art world, especially the practice of flipping art. 

Jonas Lund, MVP (Most Valuable Painting), 2022. NFT / generative image. 1 × 55 in | 2.5 × 139.7 cm

Quayola (b. 1982) is a London-based Italian artist whose work incorporates mesmerising audio-visual performances, videos, immersive installations, drawings, photography, artworks on paper, and software programming. Through his creations, he explores old master paintings and themes, baroque and Gothic architecture, and neoclassical sculpture. The artist also is interested in the connection between geometry, symmetry, sound, and colour. His work explores the collisions and tensions between the real and artificial, the figurative and abstract, and the old and new. 

Quayola, Effets de Soir #G_005_T3, 2022. NFT, digital 4K video.

Andrés Reisinger (b. 1990, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an artist based in Barcelona (Spain) and the founder of Reisinger Studio (a multidisciplinary design studio situated in the city). He is famous for his industrial design, craft, interior design, and conceptual art. Reisinger delves into the possibilities and boundaries of the digital medium. His art pieces speak to the digital age while maintaining a connection to the physical world. 

Reisinger Studio, Terrace North, 2018.

teamLab is an art group of specialists from different countries (artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects) who seek to navigate the merging of art, science, technology, and the natural world. The collective explores the relationship between the self and the world as well as new perceptions through art. 

Established in 2005 by German artists Hannes Koch and Florian Ortkrass, Random International is an art collective and studio from London. Its work based on research and scientific discovery includes sculpture, performance, and large-scale architectural installations including its most famous artwork Rain Room, an interactive installation housed in Sharjah (UAE). The installation allows one to walk through a downpour without getting wet. 

Random International, Swarm Study / I, 2019. NFT, three-channel video installation.

To learn more about A Way With Light, please visit the show’s official web page.

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