Hudson Beach Gallery will present “Walks of Life”, sculptures by George B. Davison, curated by Barbara Galazzo.
What is it that we hold dear to us? A nostalgic heirloom or perhaps a cherished memory of our first kiss, our first bike or precious pet. The ability to hold something close to our hearts may be a protective response, like keeping a secret, or a cherished object hidden away. It may be a reluctance to share or a memory too painful to relive. In this exhibit Davison explores the figurative body and its language of embracing, not each other, but ideas and memories of people from all Walks of Life. The figurative sculptures are represented by monks, goddesses, fisherman, captains and warriors.
Reliving, rewinding, and dreaming are all ways in which the human mind and heart deal with precious memories. In the exhibit “Walks of Life” Davison explores the body language of embracing the past, present and future. He employs the use of iconic, historic and symbolic imagery to set the stage for ancient figures, vignettes and installations. These pieces have a spiritual quality to them with a familiarity that draws one in for a closer examination.
Many of the pieces are wrapped in seaweed then bundled like a mummy in slip and paper and fired. After the firing the mummy is cracked open to reveal spectacular patterns that danced between the seaweed and flames. Using thrown and altered forms he bridges the gap between the past and present, to awaken genetic memory, and invoke the deja vous.
“My work is made in clay, clay is a plastic material, it holds evidence of every touch. Fire returns it to stone; the evidence becomes eternal. Clay is made up of eroded rock and minerals combined with organic materials. Creating objects in clay is like resurrecting the past, combining memories and painting with the elements, Earth, Wind and Fire.” George B. Davison
Growing up in the fifties and sixties there were no “Big Box” stores servicing the needs of aspiring artists. Davison’s mom made “play dough” from scratch, flour, salt, water, and a bit of food coloring for her six kids. This was the beginning of his life as an artist. In 1976 Davison entered the renowned New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University where he worked closely with Tony Hepburn, Wayne HIby, and William Perry and graduated with departmental honors. In 1981 Davison attend a workshop at Kampsville, Illinois that focused on Native American technology and pottery making. He studied with John White, a potter of Cherokee descent where he created pottery making tools from deer bone and clam shells and fired pottery in wood fired pits. To this day he uses many of these techniques.
In 2002 Davison was awarded a Fulbright Memorial Fund scholar to Japan where he traveled the country visiting shrines, temples and pottery villages. Davison’s work is in the permanent collections of Illinois State University C.V.A. Gallery, Alfred University Glory Hole Collection, Mr. Forrest Bailey/ Conservator Nelson Atkins Museum Kansas City, MO.
The Exhibit will be on View March 10, 2018 through April 8, 2018, with an opening reception on Second Saturday, March 10th, 6-9 pm. Free to the public. Hudson Beach Gallery is located at Hudson Beach Glass, 162 Main St., Beacon, NY 12508. Gallery hours are 10-6 daily and 11-6 on Sundays. For more information contact: Hudson Beach Glass (845) 440-0068, www.hudsonbeachglass.com.
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