JAY DAVIS
Mirage
March 2 - March 31, 2012
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, March 2, 2012 5:00 - 7:00 p.m,.

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Mirage, a selection of new acrylic mixed media paintings on paper by Jay Davis. The sizes range from 14.5 x 11.5 inches up to 30 x 22 inches and are mostly presented in pairs, opposing one another as one is mounted on a black mat with black frame and the other on white mat with white frame. The mixed media pieces, comprised of a combination of acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil are sized a bit smaller than those painted with acrylic only.

As the title "Mirage" implies, the work offers the viewer a glimpse into an image/place/object, leaving the balance to be filled in or extrapolated from the base of what is given. Sometimes the glimpse is a reference to the familiar—Aztec and Native American patterns, geodes, tires, temples, simple photograms, photo color tests, doorways or portals, magic carpets—sometimes the work is an artifice of an image, or a state of seeing that image, such as that which occurs with night blindness, light blindness (a blackout or staring at the sun), or pareidolia (the imagined perception of seeing a face, a pattern or someone you know, but it does not really exist). All of this work has mystery built into it—in the image and in the method it was conceived and executed. It provides an interaction that reflects both the simplicity and complexity of our physical and psychological spaces, and our malleable relation to the world around us.

This new work is in contrast to Davis’ earlier paintings which were extremely detailed and imaginative with layers of saturated hues of acrylic paint built up to a pristine flat surface on vinyl or canvas. The earlier work contained more representational elements, yet they were equally abstract with illusionistic overlays that seemed dream-like, taking the viewer on a psychedelic journey that required their active participation to create the narrative.

Born 1975 in Charleston, SC, he now lives and works in New York. Since 2000, he has had over a dozen solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago and Santa Fe at Mary Boone Gallery, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, CTRL Gallery, Stefan Stux Gallery and David Richard Contemporary. He has also participated in over 40 group exhibitions in the US and internationally, including the Prague Biennale. Davis’ work is included in the Saatchi Collection, Progressive Art Collection and JP Morgan Chase Collection.

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Exhibited Work

Aztec Zigzag Jay Davis
Aztec Zigzag
Acrylic on paper
2012
30 x 22 1/2 inches
 
Jay Davis
Portal #2
Ink on paper
2012
21 3/4 x 16 inches
 
Jay Davis
Portal #1
Ink on paper
2012
21 3/4 x 16 inches
 
Untitled 3-D rug (white) Jay Davis
Untitled 3-D rug (white)
Ink on paper
2012
24 x 17 1/2 inches
 
Santa Jay Davis
Santa
Acrylic on paper
2012
14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches
 
Mask Jay Davis
Mask
Acrylic on paper
2012
18 1/4 x 14 inches
 
Spider Jay Davis
Spider
Acrylic on paper
2012
18 1/4 x 14 inches
 
Grimace Jay Davis
Grimace
Acrylic, gouche, colored pencil on paper
2012
14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches
 
Birds Jay Davis
Birds
Acrylic, gouche, colored pencil, ink on paper
2012
14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches
 
Snakes Jay Davis
Snakes
Acrylic and ink on paper
2012
14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches
 
Snake Handler Jay Davis
Snake Handler
Acrylic and color pencil on paper
2012
14 1/4 x 11 1/4 inches
 
Untitled 3-D rug (black) Jay Davis
Untitled 3-D rug (black)
Ink on paper
2012
24 x 17 1/2 inches
 
Portal (silver) Jay Davis
Portal (silver)
Ink on paper
2012
21 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
 
Portal (gold) Jay Davis
Portal (gold)
Ink on paper
2012
21 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
 
Portal (3D) Jay Davis
Portal (3D)
Ink on paper
2012
21 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches
 
Portal _3 Jay Davis
Portal #3
Ink on paper
2012
21 3/4 x 16 inches
 
Aztec Zigzag (2) Jay Davis
Aztec Zigzag (2)
Acrylic on paper
2012
30 x 22 1/2 inches
 
Whiteout Jay Davis
Whiteout
Acrylic on paper
2012
30 x 22 1/2 inches
 
Blackout Jay Davis
Blackout
Acrylic on paper
2012
30 x 22 1/4 inches
 
Samurai Jay Davis
Samurai
Acrylic on paper
2012
30 x 22 1/2 inches
 
Dust (brown) Jay Davis
Dust (brown)
Acrylic on paper
2012
30 x 22 1/2 inches
 
Dust (primary) Jay Davis
Dust (primary)
Acrylic on paper
2012
30 x 22 inches
 

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