My best friend and I have been planning for weeks to go to this exhibition. However, our forgetfulness hindered us from doing so. Thus, we promised ourselves that we should go over the weekend before the winter holidays end. Since we both have oh-so-wonderful motivation to do things, we forgot... again!
Fast-forward to the near end of the winter holidays, I suddenly remembered out of nowhere that there is an art exhibition that I have been dying to go to. So I looked it up on the interwebs only to find out that the last day would be on a weekday and that I don't have time to go because work and stuffff!
Starting to get all anxious and eager to go, I Whats-apped my friend on that last day and told her, "Today is the last day of the exhibition. You have to come with me and ditch school!" Like the good influence of a friend that I am.
And so we met up, commuted to the place, goofed around before going inside, entered the exhibition, looked around, got stunned by the artworks, got my camera, filmed and... well, here's the video.
The experience was breathtaking.
Seeing Through Light: Selections from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Collection is a temporary art exhibit that will be open to the public in the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi soon enough, complete with all of the artworks from the collection. It is an exhibit that merely focuses on light and the viewer's perspective, making this a somewhat new take on art as opposed to traditional art.
There were five sections in the exhibition: Perceptual, Reflected, Activated, Transcendent and Celestial.
My favourite section amongst all of the sections within the exhibition. The reason why I loved this section is because it's all about perception hence its name/title.
We went though this piece by Dough Wheeler. At first, we were told that cameras were not allowed and shoes must be covered. Once we got inside, all we could see was this perfect neon white bordered square right in front of us. "Like it's something out of a 1975 album cover." as my best friend would put it. Suddenly, we started to notice that the room seemed to look foggy. Now this is the part where I started to feel all high and woozy. I literally thought I was floating on air. It looked like I was just in a grey foggy space with a floating square and no walls.
The guard was standing nearby so we asked him why the room has fog in it. He told us that there is no fog in the room and that this is simply the trick of a light done by the neon borders of the square; This makes the room look foggy and the square look like it's floating. The reason why cameras are not allowed is because it wouldn't show up the same way on screens thus, ruining the art.
Later on, we were asked to go ahead and touch the walls. We were amazed to realize how further the wall actually is. After that, we were asked to touch the corners of the ceiling. More surprises, the room's corners are actually curved.
Yup... Funny how the light and your mind can be so cunning and play tricks on you.
The reflected light is the section that takes me back to my childhood where I would play with my mirror or my shadows and it would consume me for hours. Reflective light was all about the mystical aesthetic of light. It was deep, almost spiritual. Each of the reflections I saw showed different perspectives from where I am as the viewer.
The most traditional section of them all. Transcendent light section's pieces were more of paintings, art on canvas kind of thing. It's more about architecture, geometry and mystical thought, similar to reflected light. Unlike perceptual light, transcendent light is more subtle, more self-reflective than logical or technical. You don't realize how the artworks affect the way you see light until you look hard enough. As you slowly see things, you start to appreciate art the way it is.
Activated light is the interaction between light and sound, and between that and the viewer. I must say that this is the most modern part of the whole exhibition as it involved a lot of technology. It was fun to connect two senses together. It reminds me of how alive I am for seeing and hearing something so wonderful.
What I liked most in this section was the light and sound installation of Hassan Khan. The way the music was made impressed me so much. Different musicians played their instruments separately in different places. Together, these sounds were compiled or overlapped with each other to make a whole new stunning piece of music. It surprised me how the composition sounded so pleasing and cohesive despite the fact that these different instruments were played separately from each other.
Last but not the least, celestial light. I'm pretty sure celestial light is almost everyone's favourite. Since everyone was talking and posting about it, it wasn't much of a surprise to see. However, I could understand what all the hype is about.
The infinity mirrored room is the dream room that a lot of us have always wanted. It's a room surrounded by fairy lights, mirrors and water, evoking the feeling of being infinite as everything reflects to each other. It was a pretty freaking heavenly and magical experience to be in that room.
And I kid you not, almost every person on Instagram has some inspiring quote to caption for their photo of this room.
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So yeah, there it was. This has become a pretty long post than usual so I'm going to end it here. I hope you all enjoyed the story telling of my art adventure. ☽