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10.10.18          


007_THIS AIN’T NO DISCO

DAMIEN DAVIS

In Collaboration with Latchkey Gallery





Select World’s S12 Studio in collaboration with LatchKey Gallery is proud to present, This Ain’t No Disco, new works by Damien Davis.

Damien Davis’ on-going pictorial library investigates representation of blackness by seeking to unpack the visual language of various cultures and how these societies represent race. The artist uses sculpture, digital printmaking, drawing, and performance to deconstruct cultural codes and African diasporic iconography present in contemporary culture.


Every image embodies a loaded history of our own learned assumptions. Through the iconography of Davis’ work, viewers are asked to investigate their own visual intelligence and to analyze their interpretations. By using reflective Plexiglas as a vehicle to self-perception, Davis asks us to confront our innate relationships to race and to deconstruct our learned beliefs, leaving us to reform our visual literacy. Davis accomplishes this while blurring the boundaries between art and design through an array of aesthetics and differentiated forms of production.





Mr. Davis’ work has appeared at The Whitney Museum and 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, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Pilchuck Glass School. Mr. Davis is also a former fellow and current advisor for the Art & Law Program. His work has been mentioned in The New York Times, Frieze Magazine, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and Vulture.






_THE PANEL


On October 17th, S12 Studio in collaboration with LatchKey Gallery hosted “Creatives In Conversation: A Conversation On The Black Experience in Creative Fields.” Featuring panelists including exhibiting artist Damien Davis, Afropunk Director of Community Affairs Manushka Magloire, and Hans SelectWorld CCO Hans Dorsinville, and moderated by former White House Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagements Carri Twigg, the conversation allowed the panelists to share their personal experiences and views on the intersection of race and creativity in their personal and professional lives. A question and answer section at the end of the panel allowed the audience to engage in conversation with the panelists on their experiences and ideas.





_THE DINNER


On October 26th, Select World CCO Hans Dorsinville and LatchKey Gallery’s Natalie Kates and Amanda Uribe hosted an intimate dinner with exhibiting artist Damien Davis at S12 Studio. Over an evening curated by Austin Fremont with food by Charlie Bird, guests shared their own personal experiences about creative pursuits, race, and identity. Each guest took home a swag bag by Art in America and ArtNews, as well as a special edition signed plexi-X puzzle piece inscribed with Damien Davis’ This Ain’t No Disco, and the disco ball from Beyonce’s birthday event served as a stunning centerpiece for the table.








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