ABOUT WEBSITE: The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.
ABOUT THE ART COMPASS: The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.
The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.
Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.
Abstraction does not come from nothing, but nothing comes from abstraction.
Nothing means “ a gap in the memory”
For me abstract and reality are two poles of one magnetic pole.
If I will cut a bar magnet in half then each half becomes its own bar magnet with two poles which are abstract and reality. Even if I did so I will get them closer to each other, but never gathering.
AMER ALWAHIBI - UNTITLED
Why It is not clear.
Our life is based on contradictions and we as human beings swing between the contradictions. Sometimes we are here and sometimes we are there. We can navigate these dualities to be the cause of controversy- debate- wars and disagreements or jokes. The reason for the birth of other new dualities.
Reality is not what we see and what we touch. This is a manifestation of reality.
Reality is both visible and invisible. In order to fully understand the visible, we must understand the invisible before that. Otherwise, we only know of the universe, its scales and its manifestations.
The world is indivisible. A third point is the point of contradiction. Reaching a point where white and black contradictions disappear between optimism and pessimism, sadness and happiness, , etc. An essential point in which all contradictions are erased.
My work is about deconstruction of images and how I’m dealing with that in using a special technique and playing with how each viewer can look at the work differently with all the freedom to perceive it differently than the others.