Rob Davis: Independent Art FairMay 11th - May 14th, 2023
Nina Johnson is pleased to present a solo booth of all new work by Rob Davis.
Davis’ subjects—a dated, empty kitchen, a banana seat bike in a backyard, rotary telephone, a vinyl record collection—feel familiar; yet despite being crafted in meticulous detail, oddly unreal. Davis groups his paintings together without hierarchy, mixing paintings of interiors, bikes, records, and people in order to echo the fragmented and jumbled nature of memory. Through a seemingly happenstance selection of scenes, Davis untangles both the construction of his own identity and the formation of an American identity—one that was both ubiquitous and seemingly naturalized while often at odds with the world around it.
By rendering his blue-collar upbringing with hyper-realistic detail and drenching it with a vivid palette, Davis makes his subject matter immediately felt. He transforms his childhood memories into surfaces that both evoke and provoke, inspiring uncanny leaps in the minds of the viewers. We might never have been in these rooms or glanced upon these surfaces, but if we’ve spent any time at all in this country, we know them like the back of our hand. Or like our grandmother’s kitchen table.
Rob Davis was born in 1970 in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1997 with a degree in painting. His work has been exhibited both internationally and, in the U.S., It has been included in exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Chrysler Museum Norfolk, VA; Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv; Luce Gallery, Turin; Rental Gallery, Long Island; and Untitled Gallery, New York. Davis currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.