A GERM GROWS INTO LIFE is a one night exhibition celebrating the debut of baumtest, a quarterly arts journal co-founded by five artists and writers based in Los Angeles. Maneuvering the margins of the printed page, we translate the crux of our inaugural issue, A Germ Grows Into Life/Knowledge, into the temporality of space with work by Christine Haroutounian, Analia Saban, Emily Anne Kuriyama, Audrey Chan, Chan & Mann, and Anna Reutinger.
The germ is both the starting point and the end, where feeding oneself from life is essential to knowing. The germ is the mirror––the foundation from which we discover ourselves in the presence of another, left to explore who and what remains in pure absence. The germ is rooted in its own materiality as it is in the poetics of time; it is the unmistakable touch of a warm hand, yet the selective anonymity available behind a screen. It is the inherited familial history challenging our faith in word of mouth. It is the origin of which consciousness is birthed and nurtured, before it matures and disperses. It is the neutralized social contract begging for destruction or a damned muse.
baumtest Issue 1 features work by:
Emily Anne Kuriyama
Iris Yirei Hu
The journal will be available for $10.
Thursday, December 5th from 6:30-9:30 PM
One Night Exhibition & Publication Launch at Chin’s Push
4917 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042