Monday, March 7, 2011

Christopher Davison

I by chance met this man while in Rome. We were both studying there. As per the incredible synchronicity which has driven my life thusfar, we ran into each other again the following day at the Museo del Corso at the Kazimir Malevich exhibit in 2005.
I remember that he was studying art at Temple.
I have kept his information and looked into his work. I have been rewarded incredibly for the diligence in following the progression of his work. I have been blown away over the past few years at what he has done - from his etchings, to the drawings and watercolors; books and strange dolls.
I have been looking forward to spreading my appreciation for his work, and dually letting the intense ingenuity of it to speak for itself among those who become acquainted through this channel.

© 2011 Christopher Davison
© 2011 Christopher Davison

© 2011 Christopher Davison

© 2011 Christopher Davison
He is featured in a new book as of February 2011. Beautiful/Decay #5: Psychonauts (see their video HERE) an art subscription, or, as they put it, "a printed book series and apparel line with a focus on experimental, grotesque, and groundbreaking art." Um... check and check and check. 
Through having kept in some modicum of contact with Davison, I was fortunate enought to see his show at Nicelle Beauchene in New York in 2009, reviewed in Art Info by Paul Laster:

“Christopher Davison, meanwhile, is an artist of another ilk. Exhibiting regularly at offbeat and emerging galleries since 2000 — including a solo show at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery on New York’s Lower East Side in 2009 — he mixes ink with flashe and gouache on paper to construct psychological studies of dreamy archetypes. Referencing both art history and myths, Davison’s drawings offer fragmented men in motion, minotaurs getting philosophy lessons, and processions of nude women. Eloquently drawn, they explore a wide variety of mark-making techniques to marvelous results.” - Paul Laster

Keep an eye out for his coming works, and look for any publications with him included. His virtual galleries through his site are great, and his work displayed in a gallery is breathtaking.
My highest accolades to one of the most visceral artists I am aware of currently.
Also of note is his work with Kristopher Porter displayed on the blog Call & Response (now at a new site HERE)  a project between the two artists in which they collaborate on drawings with twenty-four hours in which to add and hand off. At the year's wrap-up, the positive attitudes and good natures of the artists are expressed in their encouraging: "Best wishes to all of you in the coming year(s). We encourage anyone who wants to start up a similar Response project to do so and send us a link so we can see what you are up to!"
Both artists also have their own respective Tumblr pages CD-HERE and KP-HERE.

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