Amity x Carlye Packer are pleased to present Who Will Build the Ark?, a group exhibition featuring several generations of artists mining their respective connections to the natural world, with all of the beauty and horror that can entail.
Featuring works by Michael Abel, Larry Bell, Robert Colescott, David Douard, Andrej Dubravsky, Olivia Erlanger, Alex Hutton, Tetsumi Kudo, Claire Lehmann, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Mosie Romney, Leena Similu, and Nicholas Sullivan, the exhibition will open Thursday, November 30th from 6-9pm, and remain on view through January 13, 2024.
In our landscape of environmental alienation where the gap between human civilization and the resources that support it feels more tenuous than ever, Who Will Build The Ark? offers a seductive reminder of the irreplaceability of our planet’s beguiling wonders: The natural world, vast and bristling, haunts the creative visions of the 10 artists assembled here. Who Will Build The Ark? features works that exist at and in some cases challenge the intersection of artistic production and ecological intervention.
The apocalyptic psychedelia of Tetsumi Kudo’s dark, brooding, and kaleidoscopic worlds commingle with Slovakian artist Andrej Dubravsky’s intimately painted fables where animals and humans collide with fantastical force. Both artists’ work attends poetically to the reality of environmental degradation as our relationship with the earth grows more violent and extractive.
Claire Lehman, and Mosie Romney’s spiraling tableaux see the human figure awash in hazy landscapes that swarm with fiercely imagined flora and fauna. While, Larry Bell’s richly geological abstractions re-contextualize the legendary minimalist whose experiments in perception ignited the light and space movement. These works reveal Bell’s profound and dynamic relationship to the chaos of the natural world, a critical source inspiration for the artist. In Robert Colescott, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Alex Hutton and David Douard’s visually eclectic offerings biological structures are mobilized as compositional armatures. Olivia Erlanger and Nicholas Sullivan both find ways to render materials into new forms entirely that while still paying tribute to nature and its powers, have cast these objects as something distinctly man-made.
Two Heads and a Frog, 2023
Oil on canvas
333⁄4 411⁄4 inches
86 x 105 cm