Damien Davis “Don’t Spook the Neighbors”

The West 10th Street Window

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Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings presents the newest exhibition at the West 10th Window: Damien Davis, Don’t Spook the Neighbors.

Damien Davis’ practice explores depictions of blackness and examines how different groups code and decode representations of race through iconography and digital modes of production. In Don’t Spook the Neighbors at the West 10th Window, Davis uses the visual language of craft and design to transform familiar cultural icons – including a comb, an anonymous hoodie with hands up, a black body, and a white picket fence – into their basic forms. Grounding the imagery on a prismatic background, Davis examines the formal and political signification of vectors and lines, and how they can connect and divide cultural concepts in infinite permutations. The vector lines and icons allow Davis to draw associations between expressions of cultural identity, imagery of racial profiling and social conflict, and the coding of blackness and the African American experience.

Damien Davis (b. 1984) is a Brooklyn-based artist, born in Crowley, Louisiana and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. His work has appeared at The Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, as well as METHOD Gallery in Seattle, and Biagiotti Progetto Arte in Italy. He is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Community Engagement Grant and has been awarded residencies with the Museum of Arts and Design, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Pilchuck Glass School. Mr. Davis is also a former fellow and current advisor for the Art & Law Program in New York City. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times, Frieze Magazine, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and Vulture Magazine. Mr. Davis is currently an artist in residence at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling. Mr. Davis holds a BFA in Studio Art and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University.

The West 10th Street Window is curated by Eliana Blechman and Natalie Diaz and is sponsored by the Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings Program. TEI is committed to enriching the experience of our properties through the Art-in-Buildings Program, an innovative approach that brings contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists to non-traditional exhibition spaces in the interest of promoting artists, expanding the audience for art, and creating a more interesting environment for our building occupants, residents, and their guests.

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Schedule

from June 18, 2019 to July 27, 2019

Artist(s)

Damien Davis

Website

http://teiartinbuildings.com/ (venue's website)

Fee

Free

Venue Hours

From 14:00

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Address: 223-225 W. 10th St., New York, NY 100014
Phone: 212-206-6061

Between Bleecker and Hudson Sts. Subway: 1 to Christopher Street.

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