A polar oppo¬≠si¬≠te is a ten¬≠si¬≠on as well as a geo¬≠gra¬≠phi¬≠cal anchor. Geographically, the term refe¬≠ren¬≠ces the dia¬≠metri¬≠cal¬≠ly oppo¬≠si¬≠te points of a sphe¬≠re or anti¬≠po¬≠dal points on pla¬≠net Earth, and are more com¬≠mon¬≠ly unders¬≠tood as the North and South Poles. As an idi¬≠om in the English lan¬≠guage, it is used to descri¬≠be peop¬≠le who have oppo¬≠si¬≠te opi¬≠ni¬≠ons or characteristics.
Embodying a sen¬≠se of soli¬≠da¬≠ri¬≠ty across diver¬≠se geo¬≠gra¬≠phies, the work of Keturah Cummings, Lucinda Dayhew, and Carol Anne McChrystal is con¬≠nec¬≠ted by the¬≠ma¬≠tic com¬≠mo¬≠na¬≠li¬≠ties revol¬≠ving around urgent cul¬≠tu¬≠ral con¬≠ver¬≠sa¬≠ti¬≠ons on femi¬≠nism, com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ty, and eco¬≠lo¬≠gy. Together, the work of the¬≠se three artists explo¬≠res the lite¬≠ral and meta¬≠pho¬≠ri¬≠cal frame¬≠works of ‚Äúpolar oppo¬≠si¬≠tes‚ÄĚ on local, glo¬≠bal, and micro¬≠cos¬≠mal scales.
Changes to the globe‚Äôs land¬≠s¬≠capes and resour¬≠ces are acce¬≠le¬≠ra¬≠ting as humans geo-engi¬≠neer, extract, ter¬≠ra¬≠form, and modi¬≠fy Earth to feed glo¬≠bal sup¬≠ply chains. In turn, the¬≠se modi¬≠fi¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons mould the ent¬≠an¬≠gled and ine¬≠qui¬≠ta¬≠ble rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hips bet¬≠ween the Global North and South.
The rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hips bet¬≠ween the¬≠se geo¬≠gra¬≠phies and their eco¬≠lo¬≠gies reve¬≠al a glo¬≠bal emer¬≠gen¬≠cy. The three artists inclu¬≠ded in this exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on reco¬≠gni¬≠ze that the social sys¬≠tems under which they live are impli¬≠cit in this dest¬≠ruc¬≠tion and trans¬≠for¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on: the resul¬≠ting envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal impacts have fore¬≠ver trans¬≠for¬≠med their rela¬≠ti¬≠ons¬≠hips with natu¬≠re and one ano¬≠t¬≠her. The sculp¬≠tures, vide¬≠os, sound works, and pho¬≠to¬≠graphs that emer¬≠ge from the¬≠se con¬≠nec¬≠tions con¬≠si¬≠der the ways in which high¬≠ly indi¬≠vi¬≠dua¬≠list cul¬≠tures work against plu¬≠ra¬≠list human natures.
The exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on will be com¬≠ple¬≠men¬≠ted by an artist talk and an online lec¬≠tu¬≠re seri¬≠es with various experts and artists, inclu¬≠ding a per¬≠for¬≠mance by the Treecore duo DDLD (( )) LDDD con¬≠sis¬≠ting of Dann Disciglio and Lucinda Dayhew, and an inter¬≠ac¬≠ti¬≠ve work by sound and soft¬≠ware artist Ashlin Aronin. The exhi¬≠bi¬≠ti¬≠on ends with a finis¬≠sa¬≠ge ‚ÄĒ inclu¬≠ding a per¬≠for¬≠mance by Lucinda Dayhew & Dann Disciglio as well as the launch of the maga¬≠zi¬≠ne ‚ÄúHuman Nature‚ÄĚ.