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"Where Earth Becomes Aether" at Wönzimer



Where Earth Becomes Aether

Wönzimer Gallery

May 26th, 2023 - June 30th, 2023



Group exhibition featuring works by:

Marthe Aponte, Francesca Bifulco,

Adrienne DeVine, David Hollen, Jason Jenn, Aline Mare, Rosalyn Myles, Vojislav Radovanović, Catherine Ruane, Nancy Kay Turner, Cheyann Washington, Christine Weir, and Sean Yang



Curated by:

Jason Jenn & Vojislav Radovanović


 

Where Earth Becomes Aether is a group exhibition at Wönzimer Gallery investigating the elemental nature of art-making, constructed by earthy resources and inspired by ethereal ideas. Materials including rock, metal, graphite, minerals, textile, clay, and plants are transformed into a multifaceted range of creative gold that embodies the alchemical power of human imagination. Viewers are invited to explore the connection between the physical and emotional, the ephemeral and eternal, and the material and immaterial.


Installation view of "Where Earth Becomes Aether" at Wonzimer Gallery in Los Angeles
Where Earth Becomes Aether, installation view

The title alludes to the ancient Greek concept of Aether, the fifth element that fills the universe beyond the terrestrial sphere, and which was believed to be the substance that made up the heavenly realm. The idea of a divine substance that connects the earthly and celestial spheres is explored in works that reflect on humanity’s unique place and status conceived and growing on Earth, but as creatures influenced and drawn toward the heavens. As the Roman poet and philosopher Lucretius wrote in “De Rerum Natura,” Aether is the “fifth body” that moves the stars and planets and connects all things in the universe.

Each of the thirteen featured artists employs their own unique process to alter the quotidian into the extraordinary, bringing disparate elements and influences together to achieve a transcendent synthesis. Whether working in painting, sculpture, installation, mixed media, and beyond these artists all share a visionary approach to the materials and processes that shape their practice. The exhibition is a sacred celebration of the infinite possibility that art possesses in a space Where Earth Becomes Aether.

 

Special Events:

Saturday, June 10th, 2023 / Open door at 7 / Walk through the show at 7:30 PM / Artists talk at 8 PM Join us for a special presentation and conversation featuring artists and curators
Jason Jenn and Vojislav Radovanović, with one of the exhibiting artists, Francesca Bifulco,
along with a special guest from Belgrade, performance artist Branko Milisković,
whose presentation is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Serbia.

Image from the performance "Cabaret of an Intruder" by Branko Milisković; photo by Marija Konjikusić



Friday, June 30th, 2023 at 6 PM and 7:30 PM

Exhibition walk-through with curators and artists followed by the premier of the experimental film "Sanctuary Songs" made as a visual scape for the music album by Joseph Carrillo.


Still from the experimental film "Sanctuary Songs" directed by V. Radovanović & J. Jenn

 

Wönzimer Gallery

341-B South Avenue 17,

Los Angeles, California, 90031

Wednesday - Sunday 12pm - 7pm



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