MICHAEL DAVIS / NO PLACE TO HIDE
Sculpture, drawing, installation, and digital media
October 6 - 30, 2014
Reception: Thursday, October 9, 7-9 p.m.
Artist's Lecture: Tuesday, October 14, 1 p.m.
Artist Michael Davis will be present in the Art Gallery on Thursday, October 30 from 4-8 p.m. for a closing reception.
Photograph of the artist's studio.
Tesla's Secret Logic (Big Gear)
Native-born Los Angelino, Michael Davis came of age during the period of McCarthyism and the Cold War, when the witch-hunt for all perceived Communists was at its height and the United States lived in a precarious state balanced between the terrible threat of nuclear war and a slightly suffocating conventionality. Public schools taught capitalist ideals and Christian ideology. Children memorized the names of foreign countries and political leaders from both international and national domains while their teachers lectured on the capitalistic perspective of the horrors of "oppressed people" living in foreign countries under non-capitalistic governments. School children were drilled to duck under their desks and cover their heads in anticipation of atomic bomb attack while their parents built bomb shelters in their backyards and stored food. The initials M.A.D. (mutually assured destruction) were coined in response to the genuine peril of global annihilation from nuclear explosion, and paranoia was the psychic condition of the era.
In the 1960's artist, Michael Davis began his formal art education and simultaneously developed his overall adult perspective towards the galloping expansionism of Western capitalism. His mounting discomfort with narrow attitudes espoused towards alternate social and political ways of life found a locus in his artwork. Rapidly Davis came to a Minimalist esthetic and affinity with Minimalist theory that he equates with political consciousness: