ARTECHOUSE’s summer exhibition is Instagram-friendly art at its finest. Dubbed Infinite Space, the show—Refik Anadol’s first major retrospective—unfolds across four galleries featuring eight works, including immersive data sculptures and digital paintings. Each exemplifies the artist’s signature scientific rigor, transforming data on subjects including urban wind patterns, photographs of Mars, and machine learning algorithms into monumental visual spectacles. “Bosphorus,” an undulating symphony of blue and white blocks, mimics the rhythms of Turkey’s Marmara Sea, while “Infinity Room,” seen by more than one million people to date, encloses visitors in a seemingly endless mirrored box. Anadol’s installations are linked thematically by a William Blake quote: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is—infinite.” They’re infused with technological savvy and a futuristic creative bent, but viewers don’t need a computer science or art history degree to appreciate his efforts. Ultimately, Infinite Space proves equally appealing to individuals interested in the minutiae of the artist’s artificial intelligence algorithms and those simply hoping to snap a new profile picture. The exhibition is on view to Sept. 2 at ARTECHOUSE, 1238 Maryland Ave. SW. $8–$20. dc.artechouse.com.
(Washington City Paper, August 1, 2019)