Being Everywhere and Nowhere presents recent works by the Canadian interdisciplinary artist Daniil Alikov (born in 1980). This exhibition includes recent sculptures and paintings by Alikov, as well as a site-specific installation.
February 11 - 25, 2023
Artist: Daniil Alikov
Curator: Lin Li
Being Everywhere and Nowhere presents recent works by the Canadian interdisciplinary artist Daniil Alikov (born in 1980), who is currently based in British Columbia. Working in the visual effects industry for over 15 years and getting credited in many blockbuster movies, Alikov’s journey into fine art originated from a not-yet-successful but persistent escape from the digital-oriented, “flawless”, and “hackneyed” visual world powered by algorithms and computer software. However, in his art making, Alikov relies on neural networks as omnipotent tools to depict precise details, and is constantly getting inspiration from icons of digital art as well as electronic music. His paradoxical attitude indicates the contradictory, interconnected relationship between art and technology.
Alikov’s artmaking is a consistent experiment with colours, shapes, and materials, breaking the boundary between the physical presence and the whimsical and illusionary digital world that the artist is imprisoned by but deeply attracted to. Meanwhile, Alikov also attempts to empower viewers with “ultimate freedom of comprehension” by deliberately avoiding assigning meaning to his art.
“Being Everywhere and Nowhere” will include recent sculptures and paintings by Alikov, as well as a site-specific installation. This exhibition will also incorporate a selection of electronic music to inspire the viewers to explore the invisible connections between music and Alikov’s artistic creation, which the artist describes as “turning rhythm into shapes”