Souther Salazar, "The Universe is in Us", Mixed media on hexagonal wood panel, 28 x 32 inches

The Universe is in Us

December 9, 2018 to March 31, 2019

sp[a]ce at Ayzenberg is thrilled to announce its sixth exhibition, The Universe is in Us, curated by Mark Todd, opening December 9, 2018. The exhibition will comprise of the work of eight artists whose work often explores a mixed media approach, including collage, sculpture, painting and drawing: Abira Ali, Anita Kunz, Saiman Chow, Seonna Hong, Shannon Freshwater, Somsara Rielly, Souther Salazar and Sung Jik Yang.

For The Universe is in Us, Todd has assembled a diverse array of artists who honor the vastness of the universe around us through the raw material of our physical biology, our spirit, our emotion, and just everyday life on planet earth in contemporary society.

“What are we made of?” Todd asks in his curator statement. “Hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, nitrogen. The universe is inside of us all. Incredible as it is, we are literally made of stars. But what of our thoughts, dreams, hopes, worries? This too is inside. The eight artists in this exhibition expose these complexities that make us who we are and reveal them to us through a hodgepodge of collage, pencil, inks, oils and acrylics. Portraits of strangers stare back at us. Familiar but dreamlike landscapes swirl. Other worlds and oversized figures are on display. Playful and poetic, the work in this show is honest and sincere. At times, powerfully obsessive, at other times quiet and austere. The connection that ties them is what is inside each and every one of us.”

This is Todd’s fourth exhibition with sp[a]ce at Ayzenberg, and continues the gallery’s unique focus on contemporary work.


Mark Todd


Abira Ali
Tim Biskup
Saiman Chow
Shannon Freshwater
Seonna Hong
Anita Kunz
Somsara Rielly
Souther Salazar
Sung Jik Yang


sp[a]ce is a non-profit project
organized to benefit

Art Center College of Design’s mission is to educate artists and designers to make a positive impact in their chosen fields, as well as in the world at large. Dedicated to being an agent of influence in today’s world by using creativity to help communicate ideas and inspire positive action, Art Center benefits from sp[a]ce gallery through scholarships for non-privileged students.

Innovate Pasadena is a nonprofit, community-driven organization with the vision of creating a vibrant ecosystem of art, technology and science in our own neighborhood of Pasadena. Support from sp[a]ce gallery bolsters IP’s focus on helping support sustainable economic growth for our community.

California Institute of the Arts is an internationally renowned performance art school and Hybrid Incubator for Visionary Entrepreneurs (HIVE). Focused on bringing out visionary creative talent, CalArts benefits from sp[a]ce gallery’s support for entrepreneurial graduate students.

City of Hope, a cancer research institute, is transforming the future of health by turning science into practical benefits, and turning hope into reality. Through innovative research and cutting-edge science, City of Hope is focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes, funding for which is provided by sp[a]ce gallery.

About sp[a]ce

Three years in the making, sp[a]ce is a Kunsthalle project for showcasing the work of progressive international artists.

With an environment created by Corsini Stark Architects, the exhibits are complemented by a vision of architecture that reflects a seamless integration of building and site, form and space, light and material, and style and use. 

Located in beautiful Old Pasadena, sp[a]ce provides a venue for discovery, interaction and inspiration.



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Open 12—6pm Saturdays and Sundays
December 9, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Parking area located at the west side of the building. Enter through doors adjacent to parking area at:
Ayzenberg Parking and Entrance

39 E. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103

In addition to parking provided next to the facilities, additional free 90-minute parking is available in the public underground lot on Raymond Avenue just south of Walnut Street.