Plato’s Inn - Zeus Suite / Stephen Davis




paint, mattresses, terra-cotta pots, wood

The artist has covered two long walls with a series of black and white abstract patterns, which often begin strongly in one area and then disintegrate; sometimes they are referenced elsewhere in the installation. The artist is working on many planes within the space, like a 3-dimensional collage set against white walls and gray floor. A star is painted on one wall, and another star is cut from the floor, providing a view of the basement illuminated by a red light. Everything is black and white except blue mattresses and upturned terracotta pots which support them like a bed frame.
Artist Statement
Every room harbors a potential ritual. As one works and moves in a room, some of the forces and patterns of energy in that room become available to the participant. This accumulation of these forces begins to take shape and form, culminating in an image. The viewer enters the conversation between the work and the room.
About the Artist
Stephen Davis works in Galisteo, NM and Pecos, TX. Since 1971 he has persistently taken the elements and language of painting apart and put them together again to find a new structure for his painting. For this he has been awarded three National Endowment for the Arts grants, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Pollock-Krasner, Joan Mitchell, George Sugarman, and two Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation grants. His work is in the collections of LAMOCA, the San Francisco Museum of Art, UC Berkeley Art Museum, the El Paso Museum of Art, and others. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2015.
October 20, 1990 – January 20, 1991
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