It’s Easy To Be Angry, Jeff Davis’ second one-person exhibition at KS Art, repudiates the cynicism of the last eight years with perverse hopefulness. Working in a variety of media, Davis’ work twists new realities out of old fictions. Paintings on metallic surfaces reflect enigmatic figure studies suggesting re-imagined pages from Old Master’s sketchbooks. Multi-colored wax heads made from casting rubber Halloween masks populate installations evoking the dark beauty of B-grade horror film sets. Whether the mise-en-scene suggests civil war trophies, or new flags and banners, Davis’ work is ultimately a joyful affirmation of perversity. In Jeff Davis’ world, angels do not float to heaven but fornicate here on earth.
Jeff Davis lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has been widely exhibited in numerous group shows throughout America and Europe. He was included in the Greater New York Show at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 2005. His work has been reviewed in Art Forum, The New York Times and the New Yorker and is included in the Phaidon Book, Vitamin D. His works are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, in Kansas City.