“The Contrast” by Davis Henry | curated by Tamar Dresdner
Performance Art at 40-41 Street Plaza & Video on 41st Broadway Billboard | October 18, 2018, 6:30PM
Davis Henry is an American contemporary artist who works between visual and performing arts. The Los Angeles based artist channels a child-like curiosity and irreverence as he turns the camera on himself to spawn socially-charged personas that dance and gesture in the streets worldwide. These personas can be found outside liquor stores, laundromats, libraries, and other locations least likely to expect his presence. The spontaneous exchange between artist and passerby is intended to provide a glimpse into ones innermost truths and biases. This however only represents one type of exchange that the artist employs in an effort to examine the transformative effects made possible from different types of ‘exchange-exposure’. Themes vary as the artist challenges the ideologies behind social norms, race, politics, symbolism, war, humanity and beyond. The corresponding works are developed using a variety of media including costume, video, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, and installation.