Featured Artists: Berfin Ataman, Paige Emery, Andy Graydon, Byron Kim, Maya Livio, Laure Michelon, Shuruq Tramontini, Elly Stormer Vadseth

On view at TetraPod Gallery
865 N Virgil Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Opening reception Saturday, September 24 @ 6-10pm.

Open gallery hours:
9.16 @ 11am-2pm
9.17 @ 12-4pm
9.20 @ 2-5pm
9.26 @ 2-5pm
9.30 @ 2-5pm

By appointment only all other days.

With a satellite installation by Paige Emery at Mt. Wilson Observatory

The climate crisis originated in an unraveling—with human animals becoming disentangled from their nested ecologies and instead envisioned as central planetary figures. In the process, privileged human forms of sensing, perceiving, and intelligence have been made dominant, pushing a rich diversity of ways of knowing and feeling to the margins. How might sensing and thinking with vegetal, animal, and other multispecies intelligences reconfigure our planetary relations? How might dominant knowledge systems be reconnected with marginalized wisdoms? And how might we seek shared sensory understandings with beings very different from us, from the deep recesses of the sea to extraterrestrial life?

Elly Stormer Vadseth, Sensate Drifters, 2020

Byron Kim’s “Sunday Paintings” suggest one approach to these questions, bringing subtle attunement to local environmental shifts through sustained close observation. Paige Emery’s “To Recalibrate with Tree Divination”, installed at the Mt.Wilson Observatory, also offers a path forward by reconnecting with tree knowledges through their unique perceptions of time. The work also invokes the sacred as a neglected but prescient perceptive mode.

Byron Kim, Selection from Sunday Paintings, 2022
Laure Michelon, Phytogeography, 2022

Further gesturing to plants, Laure Michelon points to how vegetal articulations of geography can contribute to spatial understandings beyond national borders. Berfin Ataman further evokes flora, reminding us of the kinds of intelligences that are often privileged, such as movement.

Berfin Ataman, Thirsty for Air, 2020 -21
Paige Emery, Methods for Descrying, Intimate Eyes that Listen, 2022

Other works take us from land to the sea. Elly Stormer Vadseth’s “Sensate Drifters” and Shuruq Tramontini’s “Current Affairs” propose the sensory worlds of jellyfish and currents as contributive to new ontologies.

Shuruq Tramontini, Current Affairs, 2019-22

As we travel upwards in elevation, Maya Livio’s “Thermopower” focuses on residents of the alpine tundra while complicating thermoception as a mode of sensing, sensemaking, and privilege.

Maya Livio, Thermopower, 2019-21

Finally, Andy Graydon’s “A*” takes us to the summit of Hawai’i’s Mauna Kea, tracing scientific and Indigenous narratives around the Event Horizon Telescope. In doing so, it underscores how multiplying sensory engagements and perceptions can deeply enrich knowledges.

Andy Graydon, A*, 2020

Through these works of video, painting, kinetic sculpture, site-specific installation, VR, and film, ‘FEELERS’ proposes expanded sensoria, complicating our understanding of feeling, sensing, and knowing. Affirming a plurality of sensemaking, the works adopt deliberate and exploratory methods that re-orient humans in relation to more-than-human beings, complicate notions of intelligence, and re-introduce perspectives outside of our own. In doing so, they generate new possibilities for respecting and connecting with multispecies understandings.

Fulcrum Arts is pleased to present Deep Ocean/Deep Space, a regional celebration across Greater Los Angeles that foregrounds the union of art and science as a powerful engine of contemporary culture. Featuring a robust program of exhibitions, performances, lectures, screenings, and workshops presented by over a dozen partner organizations, Deep Ocean/Deep Space provides public opportunities for discovering the fascinations and tensions catalyzed by two arenas of human knowledge often considered opposites.

Our 2022 edition looks above (to the furthest reaches of space) and below (to the depths of the oceans) and revels in the mysteries that surround us. By mirroring one abyss against another, it seeks to go beyond what we know about the universe thanks to the extraordinary discoveries made by astronomy and oceanography.

We invite our communities to gather in the spirit of exploration and contemplate the incredible, impossible symmetries to which we all belong, just as we invite our communities to interrogate these symmetries in terms both immediate and infinite, from our critical ecological entanglements to the vastness of the frontiers that inspired this celebration.