ROOM 482

It is a pleasure to present the inaugural exhibition of Room482 as a continuation of glaze, extending Tristan Higginbothom and Zach Seeger’s shared attention towards the avian community as an invitation to look closer. The works on view represent a vicarious introspection, an intimate reminder of our common responsibility in reviving a more acute sensibility for noticing, within our immediate and extended surroundings.

This communal predilection can be seen in Tristan Higginbotham’s talisman-like sculptures. Borrowing recipes from her profession of bird rehabilitation, Higginbotham infuses lard and seed into constructed vessels of sea shells and turtle scutes, presenting bird feeders as aesthetic offerings. The same attentive motivations are present in Zach Seeger’s 9 x 12 inch painted observations of birds, recording each as they eat, nest, perch, and pause at various feeders and homes he’s built for them around his property in upstate NY.

Our century has seen explosive human and technological expansion coincide with unparalleled ecological catastrophe. What models should we consider to reroute our current patterns of care, pleasure, and sensing of danger? In her foreseeing essays concerning the Anthropocene, Donna Haraway suggests the tiny hollowed out negative spaces or the shell that could hold some food or water that could be shared. Rebuilding a kind of sociality with communities making their lives together, cultivating a love of place and a love of home. It is clear that how humanity exerts effort towards revitalizing and fortifying ecosystems will ultimately decide the fate of all living things on this Earth. In 2021, there is nothing more necessary than tending to the fissure and injury that has accrued all around us.

Justin Cloud

Revival

Tristan Higginbotham & Zach Seeger

03.06.21–04.28.21

Tristan Higginbotham Gray Collage, 2021

Our century has seen explosive human and technological expansion coincide with unparalleled ecological catastrophe. What models should we consider to reroute our current patterns of care, pleasure, and sensing of danger? In her foreseeing essays concerning the Anthropocene, Donna Haraway suggests the tiny hollowed out negative spaces or the shell that could hold some

Tristan Higginbotham Hanging Basket, 2020-2021

Zach Seeger Rose-breasted Nuthatch, 2020

Tristan Higginbotham Woodpecker Enrichment, 2020

Tristan Higginbotham Hooked Form 2, 2020

Zach Seeger Hermit Thrush 2020

Tristan Higginbotham Off-White Collage, 2021

Zach Seeger Baltimore Oriole, 2020

Zach Seeger Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 2020

Tristan Higginbotham Hooked Form 1, 2020

Tristan Higginbotham Shelf Display, 2020

Tristan Higginbotham Hooked Form 5, 2021

Tristan Higginbotham Hooked Form 3, 2020

Tristan Higginbotham Hooked Form 4, 2020

Zach Seeger Cardinal, 2020