Tim Davis "The New Antiquity"

Van Doren Waxter

poster for Tim Davis "The New Antiquity"

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Living for the first time in an ancient city on a Rome Prize Fellowship in 2008, Tim Davis began to notice a shift in attention when looking at archeological sites. He then took that forceful change in significance to parts of the city that are not so well documented. The photographs in "The New Antiquity" were made over five years, in the suburbs of great and ancient capitals, in Italy and China, and then along the eastern seaboard of the United States. They portray a world where layers of time are collapsed. Places of great antiquity turn up on digital camera screens and sugar packets and in front of apartment blocks. New buildings and structures and objects seem to be decaying into what Davis calls “a soon to be ancient past.” People appear, but they are difficult to place in time. There are red herrings: pictures that look like archeology, but might just be the side of the road. And there are places of real antiquity, but seen without romance, as living things. Intended as a complex and open-ended work of “creative non-fiction,” the pictures in this body of work, made with a large-format camera, are both beautifully clear and vehemently obscure.

[Image: Tim Davis "Fresco" (2009) c-print 55 x 44 in.]



from September 10, 2009 to October 24, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-09-12 from 11:00 to 16:00


Tim Davis

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