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 – 8 PM
Gallery talk with the artist and curator | Fri, May 3 | 6 – 7 PM followed by opening reception
Hands-on workshop with the artist | Sat, June 8 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Closing artist’s talk | Sat, July 20 | 2 – 4 PM

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