I have an obsessive desire to scavenge and to redeem. I satisfy this desire while making artworks from recycled refuse, hoping for an immediate, simple impact: a self-contained marriage of quietness and loudness.
Starting with nothing, I explore what can be achieved within the bounds of a simple, strict, source- & process-oriented system. The source material is found lettering and imagery, mostly stripped from cheaply printed cardboard cartons. Constant resourcefulness and the element of chance dictate the amount & quality of printed matter I have to work with. This material is then trimmed into graphic "units" and applied to a surface with adhesive. The “artist’s hand” is gradually eliminated through restraint, precision, and a punctilious adherence to the process.
Donn Davis 11/09
A profound mistrust of authority led Donn Davis to move to New York
from a storybook Ohio cornfield town in 1986, bringing his industrious
Midwestern work ethic, scrappy resourcefulness, and his box cutter to the unruly,
gritty East Village punk-rock/graffiti/street-art scene of the time.
Since then he has developed and honed his self-invented craft
of culling & distilling castoff garbage into graphic,
vibrant works of Art.
Information & imagery at: www.DonnDavis.com