[Blackstudies-l] Victor Davson's "Luminaria": Lederer Gallery OPENING RECEPTION today, January 31, 5 - 7 p.m.

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Wed Jan 31 11:04:38 EST 2018

> TITLE: Victor Davson: Luminaria
> DATE:  January 31, 2018
> LOCATION:  Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo
> OPENING RECEPTION: Wednesday, January 31,  5 - 7 p.m.
> GALLERY TALK: In gallery at 5:30 p.m.
>  The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo is pleased to present to
> the college and western NY community the exhibition Victor Davson:
> Luminaria, which included both earlier and more recent work. Davson
> emigrated from Georgetown, Guyana to the United States in 1973; he studied
> art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and is the founding director of Aljira,
> a Center for Contemporary Art (1983?2016) in Newark, New Jersey. Included
> in this solo exhibit are works from several ongoing series which began in
> 2007 and are a response to strong memories of a Guyana folk performance in
> which masqueraders went from house to house on Christmas Day. These
> carnivalesque characters are metaphors for the resilient people of the
> African diaspora. Works in the exhibition include paintings on canvas,
> paper and also on long playing record album covers.
> His new work however, is situated apart from much of the figure based work
> of past years. In Luminaria the marks in paintings from the Bad Cow Comin?
> series have evolved to take a leading role in surface treatment in works
> from his Dub Factor: Heroes series. And in Luminaria?s most recent mixed
> media works, glitter materials take precedent, leaving the figure
> aside?changing the location of the work from the earth bound and grounded,
> to ?out there? or perhaps to a deeper, ?in there? space. The materials used
> in this soup of mixed media, now reside on the surface of the paintings and
> appear to illuminate the picture plane.
> Luminaria in its entirety is more than light, more than an allusion to
> galactic space. For Davson this is an evocation of loss, desire and of
> personal and collective history. It too is a path of evolving consciousness
> and renewed spirit.
> All exhibits are free and open to the public. We look forward to your
> visit to the gallery. Gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to
> 4 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.For more information
> contact either Lori Houtz at 585-245-5841 <(585)%20245-5841> or
> Cynthia Hawkins at 585-245-5813 <(585)%20245-5813>.
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