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Interview with Davis Rhodes  
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4/15/12

Brussels, Apr. 2012: There is a tendency to anthropomorphize the larger-than-life entities that are New York-based artist Davis Rhodes’ paintings. His four-by-eight-foot foamcore panels lean against the wall or stand precariously on an arced edge, given unsolid footing by their warped, paint-saturated bodies. They (literally) drip with agency, their fragile materiality asserting its presence in the gallery and demanding an encounter. They can be obstinate, confrontational. While Rhodes’ earlier w... [more]

Thumbnail-2 Davis Rhodes at Sister   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Davis Rhodes at Kathryn Brennan Gallery November 15th, 2008 - December 20th, 2008
Posted 11/23/08

      At a certain point, the mirror left paintings and literally entered into exhibition spaces. This change in mirrors roughly coincided with a change in how people view art work – instead of art being a set, contained object that acted on and inspired a viewer, it became a collaboration between the viewer and what they are viewing.  The two - the art and the viewer - work together for the work’s meaning. Gradually mirrors moved from being devices used in paintings to produce painterly effe... [more]

Berardini8-6-08-8 I Can See for Miles   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Troy Brauntuch, Bjorn Copeland, Brad Eberhard, William Eggleston, Isa Genzken, Davis Rhodes, Matthew Spiegelman, Jeni Spota, Kirsten Stoltmann, Rob Thom at Cottage Home July 12th, 2008 - August 16th, 2008
Posted 8/11/08

Summer group shows often seem a bit thrown together, with works assembled and combined in the same space under themes such as ‘death’ or ‘bodies.'  But in the case of “I Can See for Miles” at the new shared Chinatown space, Cottage Home, the works compliment each other without a heavy reliance on a thematic relationship.  There is, of course, an underlying theme of rock, as the title is borrowed from a song by The Who, but not everybody would catch that, and even if you do, a song like that can ev... [more]

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