In Becoming Atmosphere, Beatriz Cortez and Kang Seung Lee imagine disappearance as a process of transformation, movement, nomadism, 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," and explore the idea of breathing as a statement against white supremacy.
In this exhibition opening event, the artists discuss their new work in 18th Street Arts Center's Airport Gallery, their collaboration, and how they are responding to the current moment.
The exhibition will be on view from October 26, 2020 - January 22, 2021, and will be available for viewing in person by appointment only until COVID restrictions relax. More information to come soon.