WE ARE CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT is Children of the Light’s first solo show at HERO.
It comprises a major new installation that continues the duo’s ongoing engagement with light as both a subject and a medium of creative expression. The work comprises a large, totem-like stack of varied projectors that will beam light outwards onto the surrounding walls. No images will be projected, only different temperatures and hues of white light caused by the varied the projectors and their naked bulbs.
Viewers approaching the totem will be bathed in apparent purity of light, which to the human mind is at once present and immaterial and consequently has always been symbolic of the spiritual realm.
Turning away, visitors will become aware of their incorporation in the work as dynamic shadow forms thrown into the world. As they move in this environment of light and shadow, they will glimpse, only the edge of their vision and only momentarily, the colours of the spectrum, as if they were afforded intimations of another world.
In its formal and semiotic simplicity the work invokes the tradition of pure abstraction and in its denial of the image it excludes, for a time at least, the forces of spectacular consumption
Children of the Light is the collaboration of Amsterdam-based visual artists Christopher Gabriel (1980, Oslo) and Arnout Hulskamp (1978, Amsterdam).
In their practice as Children of the Light, they tend to both entrance and mystify the public, creating abstract and highly spherical scenographies and installations. In controlled and often immersive environments, light becomes the main character, inviting the spectator for a dialogue. In their spatial works, they treat their primary subject as something tactile, and aspire to provoke immediate physical sensation.
Recently they have exhibited at Stedelijk Museum, Oude Kerk, TodaysArt, Day for Night, Nuit Blanche, STRP Biënnale, Wuzhen Triënnale, Salone del Mobile, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and the New Institute.
They also collaborate with musicians and artists including Philip Glass, Darkside, Nicolas Jaar, Huerco S., and Alexander Whitley Dance Company, among others.
Children of the Light are frequent guest teachers at institutions like the Academy for Architecture and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Beamsystems