Taylor Davis: redgreenblackwhites

Taylor Davis: redgreenblackwhites
November 05, 2016-January 12, 2017
Opening Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6–8pm

SEPTEMBER is proud to present REDGREENBLACKSWHITES, a solo exhibition with Taylor Davis. This is the gallery’s first solo presentation of our programming and the third solo exhibition of Taylor Davis’s work exhibited by Kristen Dodge.

Davis will present REDGREENBLACKSWHITES, a new body of work that uses color and gravity as the central components. In addition to her collaged mobiles of airplane grade birch plywood, Davis will also present a new form of text work, caption a/b, a two-sided floor piece that stretches (and divides) the length of the gallery.


In June 2015 I began to work on pairs of small rectangular gouaches in red, green, black, and white. More than twice the length of their width, these paintings hung from their top left corner, the longer measurement pulling the rectangles off axis.

I was looking for a two-part composition that was equally in relation to the plumb-line of my standing body and the outlines of the objects’ hanging shapes. I was, am, thinking about the difficulty and complexity of balance; how the stronger a contrast is between forms or colors (between individuals or groups), the more powerful and destabilizing the pull is in one direction or another.

Red & green and black & white contrast visually and semantically. In addition to the differing optical sensations of light & dark and warm & cool, there’s a contrast in what the colors’ relationships signify: stop and go, yes and no, on and off, day and night, queer and straight, black and white.

In these REDGREENBLACKWHITES (now oil paint on canvas over round-edged poplar stretchers), the visual, semantic, and political contrasts exist with each other, concomitant; creating an indivisible sum necessarily reliant on diverse color, shape, form, and meaning.

Taylor Davis, artist and educator, earned her Diploma of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, a BS of Education from Tufts University, and her MFA from Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. She has received numerous awards and grants including a Radcliffe Fellowship, an Anonymous was a Woman Grant, an Association of International Art Critics Award, and an Institute of Contemporary Art Boston Artist Prize. Her work has exhibited widely including the ICA Boston, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Tang Museum, The Aldrich Museum, and forthcoming at LA MOCA. Selected gallery exhibitions include REDGREENBLACKWHITES at September, Hudson, NY; These are Flat Things Which Are Not Flat at Koppe Astner, Glascow, SCT; Taylor Davis and Nancy Shaver at Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR; Cancel All Our Vows at Dodge Gallery NY, NY; the 2014 deCordova Biennial, Lincoln, MA; Sundown at Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, BE; Begin Again Right Back Here at White Columns, NY, NY; and N Wrk Abt at Samson Projects, Boston MA. Articles and reviews include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Art in America, Artforum, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald. Davis is a Professor at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and faculty and sculpture co-chair at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College since 2003. Davis lives and works in Boston, MA.
  Taylor Davis
November 5, 2016-January 12, 2017

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