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THE GAIA HYPOTHESIS / The Elemental / Palm Springs


Chapter One: Earth, Fire, Water, Air

The Elemental

A Contemporary Center for the Arts, Palm Springs, CA

For its inaugural exhibition, THE ELEMENTAL explores the initial chapter of a curated series dedicated to the Gaia hypothesis. Formulated in 1971 by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis, the Gaia hypothesis postulates that the Earth is a living, self-regulating super-organism reliant on a subtle relational balance between all of its components. This premise is an initiation to inhabiting the world with the awareness and sensitivity where being a part of a living whole can never be reduced to the sum of its parts - as this whole can only be experienced through the interplay of relationships.

This first chapter examines the Gaia hypothesis by testing it against the four fundamental elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air - culminating into an interdisciplinary presentation that will include an international array of 9 artists featuring seminal works of 1970's Earth Art in combination with a new generation of artists that address the complexity of elements and natural forces that sustain our living, continually-shifting environment.

Featuring artists: Cristopher Cichocki, Laura Grisi, David Horvitz. Caroline Le Méhauté, Helen Mayer Harrison & Newton Harrison, Angelika Markul, Ana Mendieta, Radenko Milak

Curated by Christopher Yggdre


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