Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Drop In at Modist Brewing, Mpls

Update 7/12/19: Here's my finished board! ;0)
Squirrel, acrylic/graphite, $450 at Drop In!

I'm painting a skate deck! Wish me luck?

Drop In
at Modist Brewing in Mpls, MN
3rd Annual free event celebrating art, skateboard, and music!
Friday, July 19th

Presented by Modist Brewing Company and Rogue Citizen

"Come watch some of the best local skateboarders from Minnesota's best skate shop, Cal Surf, set up a mini skatepark in our back warehouse and put on a killer demo. All while live music is played, and art is showcased throughout the brewery!

Over 75 different artists have created unique pieces of art on skateboards. All pieces of artwork will be up for 3 weeks and all will be up grabs.

Live music from The Swongos, Speedweed, Red Reapers, Sean Anonymous, Birthday Suits

Thank you to all of the sponsors of Drop In; Modist Brewing Company, Rogue Citizen, Cal Surf, and Do Rad Things (Rivard Art)."

I'll post my finished painting and photos from the show ASAP.
Follow me on Instagram for more timely updates? ;0) Instagram.com/JenniferDavisArt

Thursday, June 6, 2019

"Retold" at Nahcotta in Portsmouth, NH

"The Green Ribbon" by Jennifer Davis 

Nahcotta is thrilled to present a group show inspired by the power of stories, titled Retold, on view from June 7 through June 30. The opening reception for Retold is  on Friday, June 7, from 5-7 PM. 
"Literature has long influenced and galvanized the creation of art. Think of Salvador Dali’s heliogravures inspired by Lewis Carroll, Picasso’s Don Quixote, Rene Magritte’s piece echoing Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Domain of Arnheim,” or Elida Tessler’s 2010 installation, Dubling, created as an homage to Joyce’s” Ulysses.” Myths, legends, fantastical fiction, folklore, allegory, fables, anecdotal sagas shared via our more modern-day versions of storytelling on the screen or through our speakers…these characters and narratives are capable of shaping our imaginations in indelible ways and producing visual artwork borne from stories. Retold shares the work of Kristin TexeiraMichael Dandley, Becca Stadtlander, Yelena BryksenkovaMark HoffmannAmanda BlakeTom SarmoAlexis Kandra,Travis Hetman, Phoebe HarrisMax SeckelChristine BrennanJennifer DavisKristen Egan, Faye MoorhouseKirstin LambLily RaymondMelissa AmbroseBrendan MacAllisterWendy WhatleySeonna Hong, and Carson Converse."
My painting for the show is "The Green Ribbon", acrylic/graphite on 18" pine round. It is inspired by Carmen Maria Machado's short story, "The Husband Stitch." You can read it online via Granta Magazine.
More paintings from the show and purchasing info via: https://nahcotta.com/collections/retold

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

"Cactus Garden" at Gristle in Brooklyn, NY

Cactarium, 11x14" acrylic/graphite

I'll have two new paintings in this super fun group show at Gristle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY:

May 11 - July 6, 2019
opening reception Saturday, May 11th 7 - 9pm

Online preview of the artworks here. (The password is: prickly)

Green, 11x14"" acrylic/graphite

Photo of Gristle Gallery via GristleArtGallery.com

Cactus Garden is a group show featuring new work by: 
adipocere, Ricardo Ales, M. D. Camarra, Holly Cappello, Ashley Caswell, Jennifer Davis, Brie Duey, Faunwood (Miranda Zimmerman), Flavia, Alexis Kandra, Jena Kane, Grelin Machin, Rebekah Marxen, Gregery Miller, Eva Redamonti, and Danielle Trudeau.

Palm Springs Cacterium!

In April I travelled to Palm Springs, CA to visit the Moorten Botanical Gardens and Cacterium to do som FUN research for my new series of Cactus paintings!
Just look at this place!!!

Here are a couple of other paintings I made after that amazing experience:

Pink Succulent, 11x14", acrylic/graphite is in my Etsy shop.

Cactus, 11x14", acrylic/graphite (sold)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

"I Am Kindness" at Canopy in Mpls

Cactus, 12x16", acrylic/graphite, $0!

"A special evening in which money has no value and kindness prevails. 
That means complimentary drinks, complimentary food, and you can purchase art by doing good in our Minneapolis community. 
(Buy art by registering to volunteer your time with local organizations of the artist's chasing! 
I chose a local LGBTQA organization for my cactus painting.)

Canopy by Hilton Minneapolis has partnered with I AM | Sarah Edwards for an art show in which you can't buy art with money, but with acts of kindness. The show features some of the most incredible artists in the Twin Cities.
The evening will include kindness infused cocktails brought to you by Prairie Organic Spirits and Douglas & Todd Bourbon. The first 50 guests will receive a gift from Minny & Paul. Minny & Paul curates local gifts featuring Minnesota brands and makers. There will be live music by Mississippi Hot Club and free valet parking for guests. Claire Ward will be drawing live fashion illustrations of guests, and HandsOn Twin Cities will be on-site to facilitate a community volunteer project!
Featured artists include:
Alec Soth
Ashley Mary Art + Design
Kate Iverson Art
Terrence Payne
Danielle Voight
Sarah White
Amina Harper
Michael Cina
Shelly Mosman
Neal Perbix
Anne Labovitz Art
Ashley Rick
Deb Kirkeeide Fine Art
Bradley Scott Davis
Caitlin Karolczak
Claire Ward
Kelly Anderson
Tara Costello
Jennifer Davis
Heather RJ Fletcher
Incredible food will be served by Umbra Minneapolis. Umbra is located on the ground-floor of the Canopy by Hilton Hotel serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner for hotel guests and the greater Twin Cities community. They offer Minnesota classics with a French twist. Check out their menu for yourself at umbrampls.com/

RESERVE YOUR FREE TICKETS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/407909046689549
**PLEASE NOTE: Your Eventbrite RSVP does not guarantee your participation in the gallery show. ONLY the first 300 people in line at the event will get to participate in the gallery show.**

Stick around for the after party for live music by The Sunshine Committee, formerly H$B! (cash bar from 9-midnight)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Visual Index in Winston-Salem, NC

Red Plant, 12x16", acrylic/graphite via Visual Index.

I am pleased to announce that you can now find some of my original paintings and prints at
Visual Index in Winston-Salem, NC.
Inquiries: TheVisualIndex@gmail.com

Houseplant, 12x16", acrylic/graphite via Visual Index.

Snakes, 12x16", acrylic/graphite via Visual Index.

Step Up, 12x16", acrylic/graphite via Visual Index.

Visual Index is an independent art gallery located in the downtown arts district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Our vision is to carry at least one artist from every state while maintaining an emphasis on North Carolina art. We feature Contemporary Craft and Fine Art with mediums spanning clay, jewelry, fiber, wood, glass, 2D works, and more. See the "Artists Resources" page for our current representation. 
"I have always dreamed of owning a business, dedicated to makers and their wares, where art could feel more approachable. At Visual Index I encourage you to hold and experience the work while I tell you stories of the people who create it. When you buy handmade you support real people while investing in quality, one-of-a-kind pieces. What is not to love?"

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easter Egg* Hunt (*Not That Kind)

Easter Egg* Hunt (*not that kind) "
at Rosedale Center Center, MN thru 4/20/19
A discovery-based exhibit featuring 50 Art Installations + Experiences throughout the mall. 
Go find 'em! 

*HOT TIP: If you go to the hunt be sure to tag your Instagram pics of art with #RosedaleArtHunt to win great prizes from Rosedale Center! Winners will be chosen at random after April 20th.

"Rosedale Center Debuts Mall-wide Art Exhibit" - via Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

My "Selfie" station (by Caribou!)

Giant floor vinyl flyer - pic via Kate Iverson.

“Spirit of Eve” by @BobbyRogers_, - pic via Kate Iverson.

“Indiba’akii (I survey the Land)” floor installations by @ziibiing - pic via Kate Iverson.

@AshleyMaryArt mural in progress, - pic via Kate Iverson.

50 Art Installations + Experiences

"A discovery-based exhibit that spans the entire 1,281,861, sq ft mall, you’ll find art installations where you’d least expect them – some large, some small, some static, some interactive. Inspired by the idea of an “Easter Egg” as an intentionally hidden message or secret feature, the exhibit prompts visitors to explore all corners of Rosedale Center to discover and experience art.

Curated and produced by Minneapolis-based exhibit design and curatorial firm, Bishop/Iverson in partnership with Rosedale Center, Easter Egg* Hunt will feature everything from surprising mini-installations to larger-than-life works of art created by a broad spectrum of Twin Cities artists and designers."

Free and open to the public. Open during mall hours.

Participating Artists:

Jennifer Davis
Bobby Rogers
Phillip Noyed
Ashley Mary
Andi & Alice Hillestad
Bryant Locher
Caitlin Karolczak
Ashley Fairbanks
Denny Park
Kevin Kramp
Michael Cina
Leslie Barlow
Jon Peterson
Marlena Myles
Jose Dominguez
Mike Davis
Allegra Lockstadt
Ron Brown
Wes Winship
Meghan Murphy
Andres Guzman
Michael Thomsen
Aaron Dysart
Chris Larson
Kate Iverson
Heather M. Cole In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
Khin Oo (For 1991 Magazine)
Seauxmali (For 1991 Magazine)
Mika Albornoz (For 1991 Magazine)
Ejatu Shaw (For 1991 Magazine)
Jazz Coker (For 1991 Magazine)
Safy-Hallan Farah (For 1991 Magazine)
Abdi Ibrahim (For 1991 Magazine)
Kitty Sabatier (For Area Environments)
Andrea Pramuk (For Area Environments)
Domenica Brockman (For Area Environments)
Beth Nicolas (For Area Environments)

Monday, April 8, 2019

Between Worlds at Artistry (Bloomington Center for the Arts, MN)

Dancer, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550 (SOLD)

Join exhibiting artists Karen Brown, Jennifer Davis, and DC Ice for their newest exhibition, 

"Between Worlds"; a fun and wily visual journey where the line between the human and animal worlds becomes blurred. 
Artistry at Bloomington Center for the Arts in Bloomington, MN
April 5th - May 3rd, 2019.

(The theme of the show is "Anthropomorphism"- the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to a god, animal, or object.)
Inquiries: rdaly@artistrymn.org

Bug, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Night Flower, acrylic/graphite, 24w x 30h x 1.5d”, 2019, $2000

Pants, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Mindful, acrylic/charcoal/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Top Dog, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Shy, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 201, $550 (SOLD)

Eat, acrylic/charcoal/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550 (SOLD)

Moth, acrylic/charcoal/graphite, 24w x 30h x 1.5d”, 2019, $2000

Dog, acrylic/graphite, 24w x 30h x 1.5d”, 2019, $2000

Poodle, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2018, $550

Pussycat, acrylic/charcoal/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2018, $550

Rainbow, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550 (SOLD)

Song, acrylic/charcoal/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Wings, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Welcome, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Good Dog, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2018, $550

Pact, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2018, $550

The following three paintings from the series were edited from the show but they are available via my Etsy shop (links below) and are now hanging on the wall at Barbette in Mpls:

Juggler, acrylic/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Ice Cream, acrylic/charcoal/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

Blueberry, acrylic/charcoal/graphite, 12w x 16h x 1.5d”, 2019, $550

All of the paintings in my studio before the show.
My studio looks sad and lonely now. Back to work!
I don't normally make sketches before I paint but because I had just over a month to create this show, I did. It helped me organize my thoughts. I'm thinking of making these into little coloring books...

 Sketches taped to my studio wall.

"Humans have always been fascinated by animals. Between Worlds celebrates and explores that attraction through art. Exhibiting artists Karen Brown, Jennifer Davis, and DC Ice each incorporate anthropomorphism in their artwork; attributing human traits to animals. Although they may have different motivations, all three artists appreciate the story telling, complexity, and freedom that arises with personified characters.
For Karen Brown, her spiritual connection to the natural world fuels her interest in learning the life lessons that animals provide and how they might help us to better understand our own feelings through transformation, enlightenment and wisdom. “My sculptures create a…magical place somewhere between reality and the dream world, between childhood and adulthood, between animal and human.”
The intricate paintings by Jennifer Davis also reside on the edge of reality and provide a narrative quality that explores a fantastical universe full of strange planets, transmuted species and surreal situations. Unlike Brown, Davis isn’t seeking answers. In fact, her paintings may leave one with more questions to ponder than solutions. “Every day my invented language of symbols grows, repeats and changes. My paintings are not meant to be didactic, rather to read like pages torn from a strange storybook full of narrative quandaries and engaging puzzles.”
DC Ice’s illustrative stories on scratchboard have become an outlet for her and a safe place to store honest feelings and a full range of emotions from grief to joy (sometimes in the same painting). The animal characters help provide this type of complexity as well as the ability to strip away some of the unnecessary weight of human preconceptions. “I like creating animals with human attributes because I can capture a clearer sense of human emotion without the viewer’s vision being clouded with stereotypes or unconscious prejudices. 
- Camille LeFevre”