Shits & Giggles
New Paintings by Jeremy Okai DavisAugust 7th - 30th, 2009
Big Thanks to the following musicians for paying at the opening!
The Subcons &
DJ Rap Class
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“Shits & Giggles” reviewed in the Willamette Week!
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About the Show
In previous bodies of work Jeremy Okai Davis’s color use and fidelity to his subjects make them feel alive, but without being too literal. The work feels really light at first glance, but on closer examination of text and posture, the work is full of conflict, an exploration of the contrast between the shiny, smiling exterior that is frequently presented on the surface and the inner, self-conscious, status obsessed mind state that so many of us endure beneath it all.
“Shits and Giggles” is a departure from self-consciousness and insecurity. There is no dark current floated on top of these paintings. Davis aspired to make the facial expressions, colors and compositional dynamics in this work bear the full weight of meaning, without the text undercutting and questioning the sincerity of the narratives presented. This show is a snapshot of summer happiness, off-the-cuff and uninhibited, and we invite you to be swept up in the moment and let loose with us this upcoming First Friday.
“Shits & Giggles is my newest collection of work. In staying true to my style, I’ve continued with the same application that teeters between Chuck Close’s usage of color to form skin tones and impressionism. The new collection of paintings has been somewhat of a departure thematically from previous work, and at times more of a call back to my undergraduate work. The tone is lighter and the paintings are larger, hopefully lending themselves to a pleasing viewing experience that I hope will bring smiles. The color choices are vibrant, the subject youthful and the application loose. I’ve been slowly adding more text elements into my work and this series is a step in the same direction. I’ve used words to drive home the theme in the pieces at times and also to enhance the light mood of the work.“
About the Artist
Jeremy Okai Davis was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 14th 1979. He moved to Portland, Oregon in January 2007 in hopes of new inspiration. He attended The University of North Carolina in Charlotte and received a BFA in Painting and a BA in Graphic Design. His work is a reflection of his life and concerns, sometimes taking a pop spin in a direct response to the media he is fed, albeit willingly, and at other times, a more intimate portrait based approach.
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