Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5 from 7pm to 11pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, January 6 from 2pm to 3pm
On View through January 27
Davis McLane Connelly’s newest drawings of youthful figures in lifelike, yet surrealistic scenarios will be on view this January at The Fridge. In a departure from previous works shown in this series, in Individuation Davis employs both human and animal form in his pursuit to realize this dream-like exploration of the metaphorically composed psyche concept.
Davis is a self-taught artist whose skills as a draftsman earned him a post-graduate residency in Corciano, Italy. While his academic training in the field of psychology is the most notable influence in his work, Davis is also a noted scholar in unexpected arenas such as archetypes in mythology and horror cinema, such as Joseph Campbell’s stages of monomyth and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining. This series is born out of the concept of individuation, the Jungian term for each person’s path to becoming whole.
Davis draws iconographic stuffed toys, anthropomorphic animals, and figures in various states of physical maturity to engage nostalgic and curious viewers in a dialogue concerning the regret of lost youth and the struggle for personal expression.
“I want to make work that is visually accessible, and I believe it’s important for everyone to be able to form their own interpretation of my work. I aim to make my drawings aesthetically pleasing so that they appeal to a wide range of viewers. Beyond the immediate aesthetics, there are slightly muted references to greater topics. For example, the words on a magazine, the direction in which light is cast, or the arrangement of the composition will hold clues to a deeper meaning. People who are interested in encoding visual symbols have something more to entice their curiosity.”
About the Artist
Davis holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology (2004) from State University of New York at Cortland, with residencies in Drawing and Painting in Corciano, Italy (2006), and the Chautauqua Institution (2007). He is currently designing educational enrichment classes and after school programs to benefit New York City youth in public schools. Davis is also consulting as an administrator and educator for several non- profit organizations, which provide creative opportunities for children, young professionals, and international artists.
Gallery Hours are as follows:
- Thursday – Saturday: 12pm–8pm
- Sunday: 1pm–5pm
The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street SE. Visit the gallery online at www.thfridgedc.com