deluge contemporary art

November 22 to December 20, 2014

Beyond the Tangible Universe As You Understand It

Adam Davis


Beyond the Tangible Universe As You Understand It is a four-channel video installation that explores the topic of sending and receiving transmissions beyond the physical universe as we understand or seemingly experience it. It is 33 minutes in length, looping and consists of audio in thirteen different alternating and often-simultaneous languages.

The work combines video and digitally manipulated images that were gathered in Jordan, with field interviews that were conducted throughout the Levant, Spain and the United States. Inspired in equal parts by quantum physics, religious devotion and atheism, the work serves as an investigation into the nature and diversity of belief, hope and skepticism within human beings.

Adam Davis is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses but is not limited to sculpture, video and photography.

Davis’ work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and he has participated in Artist-In-Residence programs at the Kathmandu Contemporary Arts Center in Patan, Nepal; Bait Makan in Amman, Jordan; Homesession in Barcelona, Spain; Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; Svenska Konstskolans Vänner in Nykarleby, Finland; Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway; The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana.

In addition, Davis has had his work published in three books: We Can’t Wait for Better Times: Five Years of Art Projects at Homesession, Barcelona by Olivier Collet & Jerome Lefaure, Queer Retrosexualities: The Politics of Reparative Return by Nishant Shahani and Confrontational Clay by Judith Schwartz.

Davis received his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995, and his MFA in 1999 from the University of Arizona. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where in addition to his professional studio practice he is an Associate Professor of Art at Scripps College.