The Cerritos College Art Gallery is pleased to debut Adam Davis’ "beyond the tangible universe as you understand it," a four-channel video installation probing the fuzzy edges of human experience and the transgressive events that bring us beyond the permeable membranes of our own imaginations. Ostensibly exploring the topic of sending and receiving transmissions from beyond the physical universe, both as we collectively understand it and individually experience it, the true power of this project comes in its paradoxical revelations about the tangible world and our very human efforts to comprehend our place within it. With equal parts reference to quantum physics, religious devotion, and atheistic distain, the project ultimately serves as a sociological, and even metaphysical, investigation into the diversity of beliefs, the nature of hope, and the power of skepticism within us all. Viewed in the round and thirty-three minutes in length, "beyond the tangible universe as you understand it" combines looping video, produced from digitally manipulated images of transmission wires and power lines that were gathered by the artist while on residency in Amman, Jordan, with audio in thirteen different, alternating, and often-simultaneous, languages, culled from field interviews conducted throughout the Levant, Spain and the United States.
The Cerritos College Art Gallery presents rotating exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging and mid-career artists. A special emphasis is placed on works that confront challenging and pressing issues in contemporary art and culture. In support of exhibitions, the Cerritos College Art Gallery also regularly hosts workshops, lectures, and performances.
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