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Damien Davis: Color Cargo
Through July 20, 2019

Exhibition Curator: Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood
Damien Davis (b. 1984) is a New York-based artist who explores historical representations of blackness by seeking to unpack the visual language of various cultures and to question how these societies code and decode representations of race. Using digital tools to shape layers of materials both natural and synthetic, Davis composes stories, told through a lexicon of graphic figures and shapes, that oscillate between the personal memories of the artist and chapters of human history. In Color Cargo, Davis examines the role of wood in the historical and current commercial transport of people and goods. Exploiting the seductive and subjective beauty of color and the power of color as a metaphor, Davis creates a deceptively appealing space for confronting bias and dehumanization in contemporary society.

Moving Image Matters: Documenting and Performing Craft in Video
Through July 20, 2019

Exhibition Curator: Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director, The Center for Art in Wood

The exhibition examines the use of video as a medium of expression and interpretation by craft makers for whom material is the anchor of their studio work. With easier access to equipment and channels of distribution facilitated by the Internet, social media platforms, and web-based video-sharing sites, makers turn increasingly to video as a medium for aestheticizing processes, exploring ideas surrounding labor, examining the properties and behaviors of materials, or acting out the gestures that facilitate making. The video works in Moving Image Matters, made by artists from around the world, represent modes of thinking and approaches shared by makers of all materials and disciplines. They challenge the assumption that craft is strictly an object-based discipline and assert that making is as much about ideas as it is about objects.

Artists: Hayami Arakawa, US; Jesse Beecher and Jack Mauch, US; Roi Carmeli, b. Israel, active Scotland; Anat Golan, Israel; Phil Gray, Ts’msyen and Mikisew Cree; Ayumi Horie, US; Etsuko Ichikawa, b. Japan, active US; Gina Siepel, US; Barb Smith, US; Coby Unger, US

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