Damien Davis: Color Cargo
May 3 – July 20, 2019
Exhibition Curator: Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood
Above: Damien Davis, Crate #2 (detail), 2017, laser-etched wood.
Damien Davis (b. 1984) is a New York-based artist who explores historical representations of blackness by seeking to unpack the visual language of various cultures and to question how these societies code and decode representations of race. Using digital tools to shape layers of materials both natural and synthetic, Davis composes stories, told through a lexicon of graphic figures and shapes, that oscillate between the personal memories of the artist and chapters of human history. In Color Cargo, Davis examines the role of wood in the historical and current commercial transport of people and goods. Exploiting the seductive and subjective beauty of color and the power of color as a metaphor, Davis creates a deceptively appealing space for confronting bias and dehumanization in contemporary society.
Events May through July in conjunction with DAMIEN DAVIS: COLOR CARGO
First Fridays | May 3, June 7, July 5 | 5 – 9 PM
Gallery talk with the artist, Damien Davis, and curator Jennifer-Navva Milliken | Fri, May 3 | 6 – 7 PM followed by opening reception
Object Lesson | Friday, June 7 | 7 – 7:30 PM
Hands-on workshop with Damien Davis | Sat, June 8 | 11 AM – 4 PM
One Minute/One Day: A Video Workshop for Studio Makers| Sat, June 14 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Closing artist’s talk | Sat, July 20 | 2 – 4 PM