The Ohio State University at Lima

Ohio State Lima welcomes artist Lisa Corinne Davis Farmer Family Gallery

Ohio State Lima Farmer Family Gallery Installation featuring Artist, Lisa Corrine Davis

Oct. 23, 2017

Public is invited to gallery opening with the artist Oct. 26

New York artist Lisa Corinne Davis will be at Ohio State Lima to open her show Location… location… from 4:30-6:30 p.m., Thur., Oct. 26, 2017, in the Farmer Family Gallery in Reed Hall.

Davis’ oil on panel paintings in Location… location… explores racial, social and psychological identity through a series of ephemeral and enigmatic abstract works of oil on panel.

“Today, my work continues the exploration of racial, social, and psychological identity, through the development of my own vocabulary for rendering the world: a lexicon that expresses my personal experience as an African-American woman in the 21st Century, and, by extension, that of an individual in modern society,” Davis wrote in an earlier artist statement for a show at the Von Lintel Gallery in New York.

GP Contemporary describes the forms in many of her works as having a “rigorous ferocity that evokes wild-style graffiti.”

“The proliferation and diversity of forms in her compositions stimulate the natural human desire to label and categorize. Some of her paintings teem with potent life, like a slide seen under a microscope, complete with microbes and dust mites, or larger forms like larvae, leaves, vines, seeds, stamens. Other works seem to draw inspiration from the inanimate world of circuits and motherboards, or the world on a macroscopic scale: roads, maps, city blocks, geographic fault lines,” GP Contemporary said of Davis on their website. “Even as the eye seeks to break down these swarming forms into manageable groups, however, Davis’s paintings reveal the futility of the brain’s impulse to force objects – or people – into preformed categories. Drawing on her background as an African-American of mixed heritage, Davis builds a strong message about the inability of labels to encapsulate the meaning of the whole.”

The paintings of Lisa Corinne Davis have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe, and are included in many collections: The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J.Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, a National Endowment for the Arts' Visual Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowships. In addition, Lisa has taught art for the past 25 years at Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union School of Art, Yale University, and is currently a Full Professor at Hunter College in New York. She is represented by Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY, Zolla/Lieberman, Chicago, IL, Galerie Gris, Hudson, NY and The Mayor Gallery, London. Davis lives and works in Brooklyn and Hudson, NY.

Location... location... runs Oct. 26-Dec. 8, 2017. Both the opening and the show are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays, with the exception of Nov. 10, 22, 23 and 24, when the gallery will be closed.

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Above: Faulty Framework, 2015, oil on panel, 24x36.