Thinking Like The Universe

THINKING LIKE THE UNIVERSE: Where two galleries explore psychedelic landscapes and the cosmos. 
Considering David Bohm’s writing on the Implicate Order and the macro and micro perspectives of landscape, the exhibit Thinking Like the Universe is an investigation into psychedelic landscapes and geometric cosmic patterns.

As Bohm examines our spectral interconnections, Thinking Like the Universe brings two galleries and two cities into conversation: K. Imperial Fine Art in San Francisco and Hatch Gallery in Oakland. Both shows are curated by K. Imperial Fine Art director Aimee Friberg and include works by artists from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Portland and New York.

The theory of Bohm’s Implicate Order contains an ultra-holistic cosmic view; it connects everything with everything else. In principle, any individual element could reveal “detailed information about every other element in the universe.” The central underlying theme of Bohm’s theory is based on the “unbroken wholeness of the totality of existence as an undivided flowing movement without borders.”

It is this unbroken wholeness and the inter-relation of all things that is the impetus for this exhibit. The art in the shows approach this in different ways. Some works reference energetic patterns or geometric connections as in the work by Gina Borg and Claire Colette.


Other works such as Adam Sorensen’s Untitled (Pink Stone) consider the landscape in a hyper-hued palette or infer the duality of chaos and order as in Fritz Chesnut’s dynamic yet monochrome poured acrylic paintings.

Bohm demonstrates this inter-connectedness, explaining that even two subatomic particles that have once interacted can instantaneously respond to each other’s motions thousands of years later and light-years apart. With this exhibition Friberg examines our collective desire to make order from, or understand the interconnectedness of the universe, from subatomic particles up through the species. Whether observing expressions of landscape– abstracted, bastardized or imbued with mysticism or zooming in to see the patterns that exist at the particle level, we intuit the moving force that connects.

Exhibiting artists include: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Gina Borg, Claire Bowers, Claire Colette, Fritz Chesnut, Randy Colosky, Bryan de Roo, Lauren Douglas, Alan Firestone, Llewelyn Fletcher, Desiree Holman, Treasure Frey, Sarah Jane Lapp, Terri Loewenthal, Rebecca Najdowski, Tahiti Pehrson, Jesse Schlesinger, Adam Sorensen, Andy Vogt and Lena Wolff. Thinking Like The Universe is up at K. Imperial Fine Art and Hatch Gallery through Saturday, March 2nd. Hatch Gallery will be open on Friday, March 1st from 6-9 pm for Art Murmur (Oakland’s First Friday event). K Imperial Fine Art is located at 49 Geary Street in San Francisco on the 4th floor. Hatch Gallery is located 492 23rd Street in Oakland. For more information on the artists or to inquire about the work, please contact Aimee Friberg at (415) 277-7230 or aimee (at) kimperialfineart (dot) com.