Monday, February 17, 2014

Save the date Next exhibit @ DODGE gallery Opens Saturday March 1 6-8pm

March 1 - April 13, 2014
Reception: Saturday, March 1, 6-8pm
Nancy Shaver, Mary Barrett #2 blue, 2013, found metal, wooden blocks, fabric, pillow, 
fabric loops, paper Flashe acrylic paint, house paint, 19 x 36 x 22 inches. Welding: John 
Jackson. Courtesy of Feature Inc.

Family and friends, working for living, living for making art, thinking art.

Duchamp was able to devote his life to thinking art; no family, no job, 
no Income Tax, no internet. A $1.00 plate of spaghetti a day. He said, 
"Fifty years ago we were pariahs. A young girl's parents would never let
 her marry an artist."

In 2014 artists are educated as artists; in schools, by other artists, and
 by themselves. They an upper class, a middle class, a working 
class, a working poor. Famous. Famous for being famous. Not famous.


Family and friends, working for living, living for making art, thinking art.

Taylor Davis teacher, artist
Judy Linn teacher, artist
Thomas Nozkowski father, teacher, artist
Patrick Purcell father, teacher, potter, artist
Nancy Shaver shop keeper, teacher, artist
Tracy Miller mother, artist
Allyson Strafella mother, artist

The readings of Fannie Howe, Gertrude Stein, and John D. Mc Donald
 that inspired the show are about working and living. We are interested
 in other artists who make work that comes directly from the observation 
and place of their complex lives. Judy Linn, Thomas Nozkowski, 
Patrick Purcell, Tracy Miller, Allyson Strafella, Juan Miro, and David Smith
 (because we were not able to borrow work, we have included snapshots) do this work in a tough and absolute way.

In collaboration with Feature Inc., Gallery Joe and PACE Gallery.
Taylor Davis, Untitled (Farmtek #2), 2014, copic marker and collage on sized canvas, 75.5 x 60.5 inches.
Photo: Stewart Clements
Everything is everything.
The relationships between things are equal.
There is not one move. The structure is not the full story.

The sentence is content and syntax and form and color and the body moving.
Try not to make judgment, there is nothing to figure out, the eggs could tip over.
It's a quantity. A collection of a lot of elements.
Look and consider.
The grid allows for moving and rotating.
It's precision to randomness.
an invitation to float and turn in the world.

There is not one entry or exit
It will meet you whoever you are.
Everything is in front of you.
It will meet you wherever you are.
What thread do you want to pick?
Proximity is knowing.
It is happening I this room, right now.

Look, move return, look again, move again return.

Taylor Davis was born in Palm Springs, California. She received her BS from Tufts University in 1985 and her MFA from Bard College in 1997. In 1984, she completed the certificate program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; White Columns, New York, NY; The Contemporary Austin, Austin, TX; and UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia. She was the recipient of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Scholarship, Milton and Sally Avery Scholarship at Bard College, Massachusetts Cultural Council Sculpture Grant, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston Artist Prize, St. Botolph Foundation Grant, and Radcliffe Fellowship. Davis's work has been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, Art in America, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, among others. Her work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, and Fogg Art Museum. In 2014, she will have a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and she will be included in an exhibition at The Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Davis lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

Nancy Shaver is an artist who lives and works in Jefferson, New York and Hudson, New York. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute. She has been visiting artist at Massachusetts College of Art, Vassar College, Harvard College, and Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a Senior Artist in Residence in Giverny, France. She is part of Incident Report, which is a collection of 3 artists: Max Goldfarb, Nancy Shaver, and Allyson Strafella, presenting work of other artists to the public of Hudson, New York. She owns and runs a small shop called Henry in Hudson, NewYork next to Incident Report. Shaver organized a show called History, Use, and Borrowed Landscape for the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, 2008

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