Ed Davin: Blog https://www.eddavin.com/blog en-us (C) Ed Davin helenslens@gmail.com (Ed Davin) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT https://www.eddavin.com/img/s/v-12/u575468522-o674984565-50.jpg Ed Davin: Blog https://www.eddavin.com/blog 120 92 Artist Statement re: Large Gestures https://www.eddavin.com/blog/2019/8/artist-statement-re-large-gestures PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                             Feb. 27, 2009

ANNOUNCING :                                                                                            


An exhibition of  large “cut-outs”, wall hangings, and prints on canvas by Ed Davin. 

At the Art Lab Gallery 

Snug Harbor Cultural Center

1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

April 4th – April 26th, 2009................Opening Reception:  Saturday April 4th, 2PM- 4PM

Artist”s Statement :


        This exhibition will feature primarily large wall pieces made of shaped plywood, painted

with acrylic colors.  The imagery of  these pieces is influenced by several sources.  One source is the

humorous line work in comics and cartoons.  One premise is that forms themselves can be humorous,

in an abstract way, without direct reference to the anecdotal details of “real” objects.  In fact, one of

the characteristics of the shapes and forms in these  pieces is that, although each piece has a dominant

“gesture,” parts can suggest to the viewer, any number of familiar objects....human figures, animals,

plants, clouds, faces, feet, etc.  


       Other sources for the style and technique used in these images are the art of various cultures.

Calligraphy, the way the hand shapes a line, has been a inspiration to me.  Chinese and 

Japanese  writing, and painting are great examples of calligraphic excellence.  Imagery from the arts of

India, Africa, Mexico, and many other countries of Asia and the Americas also inspire  by their

inventive use of cartoon-like simplification of forms.


       The show also includes wall hangings  and prints on canvas.  Both of these media are printed

by inkjet printers, using  archival inks.  The subject matter in these works are variations of the 

style and imagery in the larger  “cut- outs.”


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Large Gestures 2009 Art Lab Show https://www.eddavin.com/blog/2019/8/large-gestures-2009-art-lab-show Large gestures 2009 Art Lab Show Large gestures 2009 Art Lab Show

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Shoreline https://www.eddavin.com/blog/2019/8/shoreline Shoreline

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Film Society https://www.eddavin.com/blog/2019/8/film-society Ed Davin loved movies. He was so enthusiastic about sharing this interest he organized the Staten Island Film Society. Every alternate Wednesday he showed a film preceeded by a short film. Short films get much less circulation and are often better than the film choices available in most theaters today. There were at least 8 seasons on Film Society showings. Here is a list of some of the films that made the cut.

The Icicle Theif 1989 Italy     The director Maurizio Nichetti is invited by a TV studio to introduce a screening of his best-known film, the neo-realist classic 'Ladri di saponette'. But Nichetti is horrified to discover that his black-and-white tale of life in poverty is constantly interrupted by garish colour commercials, and even more horrified when a power cut in the studio causes film and commercials to be mixed up -a glamorous model finds herself in the arms of an unemployed pauper, while his wife finds herself in consumer heaven. So Nichetti has to break into the film to try to sort everything out 

Songcatcher 2000      After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Doctor Lily Penleric, a brilliant musicologist, impulsively visits her sister, who runs a struggling rural school in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon the discovery of her life - a treasure trove of ancient Scots-Irish ballads, songs that have been handed down from generation to generation, preserved intact by the seclusion of the mountains. With the goal of securing her promotion, Lily ventures into the most isolated areas of the mountains to collect the songs and finds herself increasingly enchanted - not only by the rugged purity of the music, but also by the raw courage and endurance of the local people as they carve out meaningful lives against the harshest conditions. It is not, however, until she meets Tom - a handsome, hardened war veteran and talented musician - that she's forced to examine her motivations. Is the "Songcatcher," as Tom insists, no better than the men who exploit the people and extort their land?

I'm All Right Jack 1959 UK     Naive Stanley Windrush returns from the war, his mind set on a successful career in business. Much to his own dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up, and also that the management as well as the trade union use him as a tool in their fight for power.

Tagget 1991     John Tagget is a severely injured Vietnam vet who begins having traumatic memories of his time in combat. Delving into the reasons why John finds his life in danger but Yuri, a Russian spy, helps him find the truth.

Ordet 1955 Denmark     How do we understand faith and prayer, and what of miracles? August 1925 on a Danish farm. Widowed Patriarch Borgen, who's rather prominent in his community, has three sons: Mikkel, a good-hearted agnostic whose wife Inger is pregnant, Johannes, who believes he is Jesus, and Anders, young, slight, in love with the tailor's daughter. The fundamentalist sect of the girl's father is anathema to Borgen's traditional Lutheranism; he opposes the marriage until the tailor forbids it, then Borgen's pride demands that it happen. Unexpectedly, Inger, who is the family's sweetness and light, has problems with her pregnancy. The rational doctor arrives, and a long night brings sharp focus to at least four views of faith.

Ulysses 1967 USA/Ireland     Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering about the city during which he finds friendship and a father figure in Leopold Bloom, a middle-aged Jew. Meanwhile, Bloom's day, illuminated by a funeral and an evening of drinking and revelry that stirs paternal feelings toward Stephen, ends with a rapprochement with Molly, his earthy wife. 

The Buena Vista Social Club  1999 Cuba/Germany     A group of legendary Cuban musicians, some as old as their nineties, were brought together by Ry Cooder to record a CD. In this film, we see and hear some of the songs being recorded in Havana. There is also footage from concerts in Amsterdam and New York City's Carnegie Hall. In addition, many of the individual musicians talk about their lives in Cuba and about how they got started in music.

Burnt by the Sun 1994 Russia     Russia, 1936: revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his village with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call...



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The video "Ferry in Light and Shadow" https://www.eddavin.com/blog/2019/7/the-video-ferry-in-light-and-shadow The video "Ferry in Light and Shadow" won a "Nova" award from Staten Island Community Television in 1993. It features 131 black-and-white photographs of the Staten Island Ferry experience.

Taken during years of riding the boats, including thousands of commuter trips, the photos do not try to document every aspect of ferry operation. They concentrate on the changing weather conditions and patterns of light and shade which riders experience on the ferry. Emotional highs and lows are implied: in the glimpses of other vessels, views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline, the docking machinery, and the anticipation of launching into the harbor or coming into a slip.

The decision by the New York Public Library to place the video in its circulating collection spawned the idea of an exhibition at the St. George Library Center of about forty-five of the still photos used in the video, as well as a screening and discussion of the video, during the fall of 1995.


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Check Some Lab Work https://www.eddavin.com/blog/2019/7/check-some-lab-work Article from Staten Island Advance

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Check Some Lab Work: Davin's Improvisations'


By Nicole DeRosa

Ed Davin constructed his new exhibit, "Improvisations," by drawing on magazine pages or envelopes - Then scanning his artwork into a computer to add more effects with design software.

"You have to break out of your usual shell and make something by various experimental methods," Davin said. "Most of my work is drawn first and then scanned, so the general drawing is done first. That is how you get inspiration to make new things. That is what tonights night discussion is all about."

The Art Lab unveiled the fruits of this borough-based artist's labor with a reception Saturday night at its school and gallery space. The exhibit will be up until Jan. 3.

Davin also makes unique cut-out pieces where the image is printed, attached to another medium, and cut out to make it three-dimensional and bigger.

"I print the image out of a large printer, and then I use that image as a matrix to cut the wood. I cut the shape to match and glue it together." he said. " i get something that is 4 feet tall, 5 feet wide instead of the usual dimensions and it draws a lot of attention."

Davin has shown his art pieces in galleries all around Staten Island, including the Alice Austen House, and was at the Staten Island Ferry experience in the Culture Lounge of the Bowling Green subway station in Manhattan.


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