Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Temporary Tattoos

Tomorrow, Thurs Aug 14, 2014, is the third annual Internet Cat Video Film Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Get there early (6pm) to grab some free temporary tattoos designed by Rudy Fig, Alyssa Nassner, and me!

Mine is based on this painting, "Good Lucky" :
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014 CSA: Community Supported Art

It's just like a regular CSA but instead of fresh food crops you get shares of fresh/surprise ART throughout the season!

I'm excited to announce that I am once again participating in the CSA: Community Supported Arts program by Springboard for the Arts. 

I contributed these fox prints (above) to the inaugural season of the CSA program back in 2010 and I am thrilled that they have commissioned me to make some exclusive new works for this, the 5th Anniversary season. This year I'll be trying something new and different for me - I'm making my own hand-pulled prints. Each one will have hand painted details so it will be truly one of a kind. 

If you buy a share you will get a SURPRISE, new, original and exclusive-to-this-project work of art by each of the following artists:
"This anniversary season of CSA contains the work of 9 artists previously featured and well-loved by shareholders. The artists are: painter Jennifer Davis (Season 1), painter Alex Kuno (Season 2), fabric artist Nou Ka Yang (Season 3), sculptor Aaron Dysart (Season 2), a collaboration between writer John Jodzio and painter Laura Andrews (Season 2), printmaker Amy Rice (Season 1), multimedia artist Kao Lee Thao (Season 2), ceramicist Ginny Sims (Season 5) and sculptor Karl Unnasch (Season 1)."

Get your fresh crops right here!

Check out a PBS NewsHour segment about the project (and spy my Fox print!) here.
To learn more about this project you can read my previous posts here and here.


Friday, May 16, 2014

Art A Whirl 2014

Spaceman and SugarSkull, hand-painted paper shooting targets, 14x24" each.



Two of my hand-painted, paper shooting targets will be on display this weekend 
at Art A Whirl in NE Mpls! 
Stop by and say "hi" to them at vidtiger (Studio 206) in Solar Arts Building.

Art A Whirl, an annual, weekend long event, is the largest open studio tour in the country! 
It is SO MUCH FUN. You must be there if you are anywhere near Minneapolis. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Heavy Feather Review

Some of my hand-painted paper shooting targets are featured in
Heavy Feather Review (Vol. 3.2.)
It is a beautifully produced literary and arts quarterly.
You can check it out and order online via HeavyFeatherReview.com.

"Robot"and "Crying Clown" are sold- but "Spaceman" is still available via VidTiger and "Mischief" Ape is available via Harvey's Counter.
I also take orders for custom shooting targets via my Etsy shop. ;0)


Friday, March 28, 2014

Art and Installation photos from "Joyride" at Public Functionary.

Ostriches, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Here lies all of the artwork and a bunch of installation/party photos, etc. from my exhibition, "Joyride" at Public Functionary in Minneapolis, MN. 

An installation shot courtesy of Public Functionary. Swings!

Lion, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Horses, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold.)
A limited edition of 50 28x28" prints of this painting available here.

(The framed print.)

Horse, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Pig, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel 

Goat, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Rabbit, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel 

Frog, 4x4', acrylic/graphite/gold leaf on panel 

Pony, 4x4', acrylic/graphite/gold leaf on panel (sold)

Rooster, 4x4', acrylic/graphite on panel 

Hand-painted vintage "Wonderhorse #1" process shots.

Hand-painted vintage "Wonderhorse #2" process shots.


 In addition to the large paintings above I made a series of 8 smaller, oval paintings to mimic the traditional carousel "vignette" paintings often found on the outer part of the carousel and the roundabout.
Two Birds, 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Early Bird, 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Flora, 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Clown (George L. Fox), 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel 

Horses, 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel 

Ogres 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel (sold)

Siren, 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel

Three, 11x14', acrylic/graphite on panel 

For information about the paintings/show > contact@publicfunctionary.org 
Some notes about the inspiration for these paintings here.
More installation and reception photos swiped from various places around the web:

Installation photo via Modern Midewest.

Installing the amazing light art by Dylan Hoyt Cole.
Photo via Modern Midwest.

Pre-game selfie because I got my make-up did (by my talented friend Nan.)

Photo by @hoyohara.


(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)


(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)


video
Swings in action- video by Kate Iverson.

Photo by Heidi Jeub.

My friend Jason enjoying some swing time. (Hilarz photo by Brad Senne.)

...just being a big dork. (Photo by Brad Senne.)

I took this photo...

...and here is what Brad was workin on (above.)


(Photo by Micheal Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Micheal Johnson for Public Functionary.)

I stole this photo from...someone???

Make-out session in progress photo by Jaime Carrera.


(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)


(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)


Aaron and Masami. (Photo by Danielle Marie Pebbles.)

Mario and Amy by @Ngocstar.

My dear cousin Katie checking out the goods.

With some of my aunties and mom. Family resemblance much?

Selfie with Public Functionary board member Jen Kreilich.

More dorkness. (Photo by Susan Marks.)

My brother from another mother Marc Davis. (Photo by Danielle Marie Pebbles.)

The camera loves Max Lohrach.

Tune Maestra > Sarah White Music.

My cousins Mindy and Molly are the best kind of art frame.

(Photo by Jonathan Maki.)

Finally got to meet this cute lady with my bat tattoo! (Photo by @talldrinkofwhiskey)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)


(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

We've been lucky to get a bunch of great press for the exhibition:

"Art Spotlight: Jennifer Davis Takes a 'Joyride' at Public Functionary", Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 28, 2014.
"Jennifer Davis explores carousel animals for "Joyride", City Pages, March 18, 2014.
"After Artists Get the Grant", Pollen, April 15, 2014.
"Jennifer Davis...Joyride", The Jealous Curator, April 11, 1014.
"Jennifer Davis: Joyride", City Pages, March 19, 2014.
"Jennifer Davis Takes Us For A Ride", Modern Midwest, March 24, 2014.
"Art Hounds", Minnesota Public Radio, March 20, 2014.
"Exclusice Pre-Release Print", The Jealous Curator, March 21, 2014.
"Jennifer Davis: Joyride", Vita.MN, March 20, 2014.
"Le Talk: Jennifer Davis Goes On A Joyride", l'etoile Magazine, March 2014.
"Weekend What's What", l'etoile Magazine, March 20, 2014.
"Jennifer Davis "Horses" Print", OMG Posters!, March 24, 2014.
"Arts Off the Cuff: Joyride at Public Functionary", Mpls St Paul Magazine, March 25, 2014.


The gallery is hosted me on Sat March 29 for a chat:


"Join Curator, Tricia Khutoretsky, in a conversation with Jennifer Davis on Saturday, March 29th at 1pm. The artist and curator will discuss the work, the process, the vision and the outcomes of JOYRIDE. Davis’ exhibit was provided supplemental funding by the Next Step Fund from the Metropolitan Regional Art Council/McKnight Foundation. This funding allowed the artist to travel and research the subject matter for this new body of work. Khutoretsky and Davis will also discuss the benefits to both the artist’s career and the community, as a result of this generous artist support.
Audience participation is welcome.

Photo by Kate Iverson.


Photo by Jenna Westrick.

Photo by Jenna Westrick.

Photo by Jenna Westrick.

...with the wonderful team at Public Functionary.

Regular Gallery Hours:
Thursdays: 2pm-7pm
Fridays: 8pm-12am (PF Takeovers)
Saturdays: 12pm-4pm



"ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
After viewing old Super8 reels depicting family visits to the county fair in the early ’70s, Jennifer Davis found herself intrigued by circus and carnival imagery. Preliminary online research led her to the discovery of dozens of vintage carousels and carousel museums between Minnesota and the East coast. In the summer of 2013, Davis set out on an 8-cities-in-8-days research trip to study, photograph and sketch antique carousel animals and classic vignette paintings. She toured carnival museums, met with restoration experts and generally immersed herself in carnival culture. Joyride is the product of the findings from this focused exploration: a complete body of large-scale paintings inspired by vintage carousel animals and traditional carousel vignette paintings."

HUGE THANK YOUS to everyone that has visited my show. It was so fun to see so many friends, family and art lovers at the opening. Words can't express how much I appreciate all of the support. Extra sprinkles on top for the team at Public Functionary who took my vision to the next level, everybody that helped run the show last night, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council/ McKnight Foundation for funding my project, Brad for being the bestest BFF and my friends and family for putting up with me during a long winter of studio hibernation and selfishness. 

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)

(Photo by Michael Johnson for Public Functionary.)