Robert Davis: Journeyman
- Categories: Art | Exhibit
- Event posted: Sept. 24, 2017
- Last updated: Sept. 25, 2017
- Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Baker University Holt-Russell Gallery
- Age limit: All ages
The many factors that contribute to an individual’s growth and forward momentum from a station in life are the primary influence on the sculptures and installations of Robert Davis, Jr., based in Dallas, Texas. Factors such as environment, social status, education, and the notion of nurture vs. nature, play a critical role in what is considered by many to be an experience of mixed emotions that often comes with crippling anxiety, making it difficult to move outside of a perceived stability. A small step can seem like a great leap into the beyond from a precipice that shows no other apparent way of decent.
As an individual trying to advance in life, Davis finds that the conditions that surround him push a project toward a new direction, but at the same time acts to ground the psyche in the reality of his situation. As such, the materials used in the works shown hold a special meaning toward growth and journey and essentially grant each piece the possibility of being an abstracted self-portrait. They are combined in an attempt to depict the many feelings of trying to move onto the next phase.
Many of the methods used in creating the works are methodical and ground Davis to his life as a machinist, but as he tries to expand horizons, it is important to remember that at some point everyone ends up standing on the edge of something momentous when all that is needed is to place one foot in front of the other and become a journeyman.
Artist Reception and Talk: October 5th, 5-7 p.m.
Regular gallery hours are Monday- Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., and Saturday 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.