Damien Davis: Color Cargo

May 3 – July 20, 2019 at the Center l On tour through November 3, 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.

This exhibition will be on tour, opening on Sept. 6, 2019,  at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond in Virginia. Click here for details.

Events May through July in conjunction with DAMIEN DAVIS: COLOR CARGO

EVENTS

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

The exhibition program at the Center for Art in Wood is generously supported by members of the Center’s Cambium Giving Society, the Bresler Family Foundation. Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, William Penn Foundation, and Windgate Foundation. Corporate support is provided by Boomerang, Inc., Penn State Industries, Signarama Center City, and Sunlite Corporation.