Drawing on elements of theatricality and mythology in her work, Karon Davis explores issues of humanity, survival, and ways of being. The artist’s background in dance, film, and theater informs her approach to representing the body and how humans relate to one another on a physical level. Davis’s figurative sculptures reflect on specific experiences and emotions that are deeply personal, and yet often universal and familiar. Situated in front of a brick schoolhouse façade, Davis’s installation, Game (2019), addresses how schools have become a place for the hunted—our children—through dramatically-staged life-size sculptures. The title is inspired by the name given to animals hunted for sport, and the work reflects on how our current administration’s policies and ideas have left families and teachers in fear for their lives.
Karon Davis (b. 1977, Reno, NV) lives in Ojai, CA. Davis has had solo exhibitions at Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles (2016 and 2018) and the Underground Museum, Los Angeles (2012). Her work has been included in group exhibitions including PEOPLE, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York (2018); Homeward Bound, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; Power, Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles; Ours is a City of Writers, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (all 2017); and Young Blood, the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2016). Davis is also the co-founder of The Underground Museum, located in Arlington Heights, Los Angeles.
Commissioned by Frieze Projects. Presented with Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles