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Gerald Davis EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Fagboy 1986

Fagboy 1986

Fagboy 1986

Gerald Davis
Fagboy 1986

2005

Coloured pencil on paper

Triptych, each: 127 x 96.5 cm
The title of Gerald Davis’ triptych Fagboy 1986 announces its autobiographical basis right from the start. As a young adolescent, Davis dreamed of becoming an animator in the vein of Walt Disney, and his extended time alone, drawing, seemed weird to his brother and his friends, and the name stuck (“fag” being code for “outsider” in the slang of a 12- year old boy in 1986). Recounting the narrative from the perspective of the adult artist, Davis infuses the easily slighted sensitivities of early teenagerdom with the wry detachment of hindsight. The drawings’ washed-out palette of delicate pink evokes the muzzy glow of the Hollywood flashback, as well as the perceived oddness (and suggested effeminacy) of Davis’ obsession with drawing, both then and now.
Sprawled happily on the bedroom floor, the young Davis copies an image of a cartoon character as a threatening foot appears as the door; then, pinioned in the kitchen, the phrase FAG BOY is scrawled on his chest; and finally, we see pages of his sketchbook with drawings of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, along with a scrap of paper that reads “Animation is not faggitty!!”, followed by many hysterical exclamation marks. The narrative is one of martyr-like persecution, and there is a sly allusion to religious images of the suffering saint here – both in the triptych format and the image of Davis’ body receiving the humiliation, like St Sebastian. Yet Davis’ detachment is such that his suffering younger self is looked on from afar, distorted and exaggeratedly spindly, an alien who used your name, as our younger selves can sometimes seem.
Boy-fight
Gerald Davis
Boy-fight

2004

acrylic on canvas

174 x 126 cm
Hunter
Gerald Davis
Hunter

2004

acrylic on canvas

218.4 x 165.1cm
Monica
Gerald Davis
Monica

2004

oil on canvas

174 x 126 cm
Linsey's poo  (Diptych)
Gerald Davis
Linsey's poo (Diptych)

2005

Oil on Canvas

213.5 x 165cm each panel
Linsey's poo  (Diptych Detail)

Linsey's poo  (Diptych Detail)

Gerald Davis
Linsey's poo (Diptych Detail)

2005

Oil on Canvas

213.5 x 165cm each panel
Leaf House
Gerald Davis
Leaf House

2007

Oil on canvas

264 x 198 cm
For Hillary

For Hillary

Gerald Davis
For Hillary

2006

Oil on canvas

165.1 x 213.4cm each
Text by Ben Street

Gerald Davis's BIOGRAPHY

Gerald Davis
Born 1974 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Gerald Davis - Parker Jones, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Gerald Davis - Nothing is Coming to Me - Salon 94 Freemans, New York City, NY

2009
The Damned, Salon 94, New York, NY

2007
DER WICHSER, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA

2006
1986, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
1986, Salon 94, New York, NY

2005
Drawings, Tall Wall Space, The University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
Paintings and Drawings, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Gerald Davis: Drawings and Paintings, Black Dragon Society, Los Angles, CA


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
Instant La Summer 2 : Heavy Happy - Carmichael Gallery of Contemporary Art, Culver City, CA
Unfinished Paintings - LACE - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Reconfigured - Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2010
Attitude- Initial Access Frank Cohen Collection, Wolverhampton, Enlgand
The Libary Of Babel/ In and Out Of Place- Zabludowicz Collection, London

2009
California Maximalism, Nyehaus, New York City, NY
Ulli and Lucrecia’s Lustige Gruppenausstellung mit Party Five Thirty Three, Los Angeles, CA
Prespress, Ritter / Zamet, London
Lovable Like Orphaned Kitties and Bastard Children- The Green Gallery East, Milwaukee, WI

2008
PRUESSPRESS- Rental Gallery, New York, NY
Disarming Matter, Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York City, NY

2007
At Home, curated by Mario Testino, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, NY
Warhol and…,Kantor/ Feuer, Los Angeles, CA

2006
USA Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Fall, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
From L.A., Baronian Francey, Brussels, Belgium
LAXed: Paintings From The Other Side, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany

2005
Gerald Davis/Charles Ivin/Jennifer Rochlin, Shane Campbell, Oak Park, IL
Christmas in July, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA
Exploding Plastic Inevitable, curated by Simon Watson & Scenic, Bergdorf Goodman, NY

2004
Sign of the Covenant, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Black Dragon Society, Apex Art, New York, NY

2003
Smoking Pencils, Rolling Papers, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA

2002
My Problem, Counterpoint Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001
Drawing Invitational, Optimistic Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999
MFA Thesis Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
No Metaphors, FGA Space, Chicago, IL

1997
Screenings, FGA Space, Chicago, IL