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Interview with Maggie Davis, Workshops, Exhibitions, ArtShare, Reading Club
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November 2014
Maggie Davis at the Wall "Beautiful Stranger"
Image Left: Maggie Davis at the the wall. "Beautiful Stranger"

Interview with Artist Maggie Davis.

Who are you, what do you do and what is your background?
My MFA was in painting but drawing has always been a private practice. Mark making on slips of paper, small sketchbooks, and some times on large surfaces has been a continuous obsession. Drawing is a visceral origin: the infinite mark making language; the direct line from the breath and heartbeat. My painting practice occupies a high mental plane circling around questions of perception, assumptions we hold and the contemporary experience. I am also a writer because I love language, its precision, ambiguity and its close relation to drawing.

What is integral to your art and or art career?
Philosophical thinking anchors my work as a human being and an artist. Two years of course work in the IDSVA Painting by Maggie Davis, "Untitled"PhD program exposed me to the great thinkers about art, theory and criticism. My curiosity finally found a place to land where answers to questions were less important than the questions themselves. In graduate school I was accused of too much “chair time” thinking about the next move I would make in a painting. In the PhD program, reading, thinking and writing philosophy were the principle means for examining the role of art in being human. 

What themes do you pursue and what medium do you use?
I have been chewing on questions about perception, its mechanics, the way we collect data visually and how we create and interpret whole images. My paintings explore the slippage of form from one to another through the contrast of color. I want to get inside the space where we make assumptions about the world. I try to set up expectations of space within the work and then confound it by letting the space slip away to a different condition. Form, color, plane, brush marks, tonality, and process are the tools but what I am hunting for is a mirror for the world we now live in, a painted surface that gives us back our complex experience but allows us to examine it slowly. I make slow paintings about our fast world. I rely on abstraction to avoid creating nostalgic memories or metaphors.
Artist books, printmaking, drawing, painting, collage, water media, acrylic and oil are all available methods to articulate my ideas. 

What makes you angry? What makes you happy?
The absence of truth is catastrophic to our democratic ethos. 
Searching for truth through my studio practice. Being in community.

Who or what inspires you in your work or in your life in general?
Simon Critchley’s Infinitely Demanding, Ethics of Commitment Politics of Resistance as well as Hannah Arendt’s Responsibility and Judgment.
The persistent questions: What makes us human? How does art gives us back our humanity? What does it mean to be moral? How can philosophy and art contribute to a just world? These are the questions that will make my life as an artist worth it. They comfort my soul and trump any personal recognition or material gain. 

What superpower would you want?
Art, philosophy, history and community are superpowers enough.

Who is your favorite artist/s or other person?
Depends on what I am reading or who I am thinking about. Currently I am reading an examination of Heidegger’s Detail of the Wall "Beautiful Stranger"writings about sculpture. At the same time I have been thinking about how the body expresses mark making in space and how that relates to my drawing practice. Heidegger’s ideas about the body, ideas about the mark as an essential expression of being human and Lauri Stallings approach to movement as relational are stretching my thinking about drawing. In collaboration with glo’s hybrid performance exhibition gestures that will soon disappear at MOCA GA, I did an drawing installation, beautiful stranger that gave me an opportunity to push the boundaries of writing as drawing. 

What advice would you give to other artists?
Always look for places that will open you up to new possibilities. Don’t make assumptions. Don’t dismiss that which you don’t like. You are a member of a large and illustrious tribe with a long history. You don’t work in a vacuum. If your work flags consider the philosophers who write about art. I mentioned the ones who back me. 

Contact details 
http://maggiedavisart.com
http://maggiedavis.blogspot.com

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.... for our Members meeting to be held on Sunday , November 16 from 4:00 to 6:00.  The venue is the Paper Trail Art Center, 322 Patterson Ave., Scottsdale, GA 30079.  Please RSPV to klfrost@aol.com......also be looking for a Mail Chimp.



 

Book Club

When: Sunday, November 2, 3 pm
What to read: THE OLD WAYS, A JOURNEY ON FOOT by Robert McFarlane.
This comes highly recommended by several of our members! 
Where: Vickie Martin Conison's
3120 Mays Court
Decatur, Ga.  30033
vickiemartinarts@comcast.net
RSVP (It’s helpful, but not essential.)
What: WCAGA Reading Group 
It’s a very informal format.

Vickie Martin Conison
vickiemartinarts@comcast.net   

Members Shows and Events

October 18 - Jeanine Cook's "Autumn Exhibition." Sa Tafona Gallery, La Residencia Hotel, Deia, Mallorca, Spain. The exhibition continues through November 6th.  The gallery is part of a very beautiful hotel complex overlooking the Mediterranean, beneath towering mountain cliffs.

November 2 - 3pm Book Club Meeting at Vickie Martin's House

November 1 - Anita Stewart Solo Show. The show will run from November 1 to November 30, 2014 at the Roswell Cultural Art Center.

November 8 - "Dark", ARC Gallery, San Francisco. The exhibition was juried by gallerist Nancy Toomey.  She also selected Jeanine Cook's goldpoint drawing for a Juror's Choice Award. The Opening Reception if November 8th, 7-9 p.m. The Closing Reception and Artist Talk is on December 6th, 1-3 p.m. 
http://www.arc-sf.com

November 16 - 2014 WCAGA Annual Members Meeting at the Paper Trail Arts Center.

Opportunities

  • VSU Fine Arts Gallery 2015-2016 exhibition season

The VSU Fine Arts Gallery is accepting proposals for solo or small group proposals for the 2015-2016 exhibition season with a November 3, 2014 deadline.

Here is the link to apply, at no cost: http://bit.ly/1r0Mlqx

 

  • Call For Artists September 2014 and Beyond! - BurnAway - BurnAway compilations of upcoming opportunities.

http://burnaway.org/call-for-artists-september-2014-and-beyond/

 

Questions? Email WCANationalshows@gmail.com

1.Transforming Community: Disability, Diversity & Access
Juror: Petra Kuppers
2.YoungWC: The Difference Community Art Makes
Juror: Karen Gutfreund
3.Ecology: The Difference Perception Makes
Juror: Karen Gutfreund
4.THE LIGHT WITHIN: THE DIFFERENCE SPIRITUALITY MAKES
(JWAN exhibition)
Juror: Fay Grajower

 

  • Fresh Exhibition Fellowship Program is currently OPEN, but will close on November 15th.

This application season will be for shows in January, February, March, and April.

Apply for Fresh’s Exhibition Fellowship! The Fellowship is a submission based process in which recipients receive a 2 week exhibition in our gallery. This also includes free showcards, marketing support, First Friday Art March opening reception, and a supplemental event (i.e.  Artist Talk). Solo, group, and experimental exhibits are all encouraged to apply.We want to see all types of work!

Deadline: November 15 11:59 EST... Read more here

 

It’s not too early to think of your WCAGA 2015 Membership Renewal

 

Renew now and be all set for 2015.

Memberships renewed now will run to the end of December 2015.

It will be another year full of exhibitions, art shares, reading group, drawing marathons, etc. 

 

How to renew online:

Go to the WCAGA website: http://www.wcaga.org/

See the left hand column and renew via Paypal.

Contact me if you have any questions.

Maggie (Vicki Bethel)
WCAGA Membership Chair bethel.thayer@mindspring.com

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