PRESS RELEASE Feb. 27, 2009
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.”