Beatriz Cortez & Kang Seung Lee | Becoming Atmosphere

26 Oct 2020 – 5 Feb 2021

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The air we breathe in, or inspire, has not only a mixture of gases but also the spirit of the time, which inspires us to produce the culture that we know. When we inhale, we breathe in nitrogen, CO2, and oxygen along with the social, economic, ecological and political concerns that coexist in our environment. Climate mirrors the unrestful atmosphere that we live in today. LA based artists Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee consider the atmosphere as the core of cosmic becoming, a living entity that surrounds everything we know. Becoming Atmosphere, their latest exhibition at the 18th Street’s Airport Gallery, on view from October 26, 2020 until February 5, 2021, focuses on aspects of disappearance, transformation, and becoming. Considering the final work of Gilles Deleuze, Pure Immanence: Essays on a Life, the artists imagine freeing the potentialities of a life from the constraints of identity. Drawing from the writings of Emanuele Coccia, they consider the concept of the atmosphere as “the essence of cosmic fluidity, the deepest face of our world, the one that reveals it as the infinite mixture of all things, present, past, and future.” Their work explores the idea of breathing as a statement against white supremacy and invites us to imagine the potential entanglement of flows towards the future. 

Breathing is the exercise that the artists propose through observations from fortune teller machines, drawings about time and space, a video installation, a series of sculptures inhabiting the space, among other artworks. The multiplicity of media and the various layers of time that these works comprise connect the artworks in a conversation that goes beyond the objects themselves. Through the deconstruction of things and their circumstances, and by making erasures visible while addressing untold stories, the works communicate with each other through the empty spaces that surround them. In this logic, the membrane of the body that divides the outside and the inside may perceptively disappear and lead one to becoming atmosphere.

There will be an exhibition opening Artist Talk on October 30, 2020 at 5pm on Zoom featuring the artists Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee speaking about their collaboration. Moderated by Associate Curator Frida Cano.
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