Who Will Build the Ark? Group Show
30 November, 2023 – 16 January, 2024
Carlye Packer Gallery, Los Angeles

Carlye Packer x Amity 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, Oren Pinhassi,
Mosie Romney, Leena Similu, and Nicholas Sullivan, the exhibition will
open Thursday, November 30th from 6-9pm, and remain on view
through January 6, 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 12 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