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Books

Posted in on October 17th, 2011 by karendavis – Be the first to comment

Visual Memoir

The McCann Family by Karen DavisThe McCann Family 2008. blurb. 7.5″x7.5″. 34 pages. Photographs and text by Karen Davis

When my sister died, I inherited “The McCann Family,” dolls that she played with throughout childhood and kept with her all her life. Cheryl pretended she was Tom McCann, spunky and misunderstood. I was Mary Ann, Mother’s favorite. When Tom couldn’t stand on his own, Cheryl fitted him with crutches and braces like hers. (She had spina bifida.) Arranging the family in scenes, she created her private world.

Decades later, I place the four inch dolls on stage, directing their actions. I present my photographs in book form where the dolls are actual size and in large format prints to bring the McCanns and memories of childhood to life.

To the Flag: A Parade & Memoir to the Chimes of Freedom

To the Flag by Karen Davis: a parade and memoir to the Chimes of Freedom.
Photographs and text by Karen Davis, 64pages, blurb. 8″x10″, 2011

Thoughts of patriotism, social activism and the flag in Hudson NY occasioned by the annual flag day parade. Sixty-three photographs, personal essays and lyrics to song by Bob Dylan.

Central Square: volume 1-almost home by Karen DavisCentral Square: volume 1 – almost home, photographs and text by Karen Davis,
Docutech, 18 pages, 8.5″ x  5.5″ 2004

My move to Central Square, Cambridge MA and how it changed everything.”The greatest distance I ever leaped was from a charming bungalow at the end of a suburban lane to a shabby apartment on Western Ave.  It was Spring, 1973…..”.  Twelve photographs, personal essays and poems in sixteen pages, produced on Docutech.

Central Square dvd, photographs and personal essay "Leap of Faith" by Karen Davisdvd, Central Square, photographs and text by Karen Davis, 50 images and personal essay,
“Leap of Faith” 4 minutes,
produced by Mark Orton, narrated by Karen Davis

Artist Book: Beach Snapshots and Memories by Karen Davis
Beach Snapshots and Memories by Karen Davis, 2003 artist book, 10″ x 6.5″ x 1.5″

Timelines, snapshots, photocollages and memories of growing up through a series of stories and pictures at the beach from ages 6 to 15. Handmade codex, quilted covers.

"Adila", mixed media assemblage, by Karen Davis“Adila”, mixed media assemblage, by Karen Davis
Archive of photographs, books and objects,  15″ x 12″ x 4″, 2000.

A portrait of my mother. Includes books: The Ida Davis Book of Yiddish Expressions, The Ida Davis Book of Everyday Expressions, The Ida Davis Song Book and Aidila – An introduction to my mother. Forty business-card-size snapshots, two portraits, letters, a paid bill, Scrabble pieces, a baby bracelet, mourning ribbon, slide viewer and flame of memory.

My Left Hip: life as art, art as life - French Door style artist bookMy Left Hip: art as life, life as art. – French Door style artist book.
9″ x 12″ Personal Essay, 20 diptychs by Karen Davis, 2004
above, 1) book closed; 2) left cover open
below: book leafs open creating two diptychs

Photographs from hospitalization for hip replacement, paired in diptychs with fine arts paintings, sculptures, mixed media samples. Essay of childhood wish to be different like my sister and then confronting something wrong, fifty years later (and not liking it very much).

Diptych examples from "My Left Hip" life as art, art as life. French-Door style artist book by Karen Davis

Collaborations: Karen Davis and Mark Orton

Pretension: all about us by Karen Davis and Mark OrtonPretension: All About Us, photographs and text by Karen Davis and Mark Orton.
34 pages. 7.5″ x 7.5″ blurb 2009

“This year, Mark Orton and Karen Davis are the couple of the moment. While last year their efforts had an air of dry conceptualism, their present work breathes new life into contemporary appropriation……” From original multiple ed of 10, 2006.

Performance Art: Hudson’s First Halloween Parade

Posted in photography on October 31st, 2010 by karendavis – Comments Off on Performance Art: Hudson’s First Halloween Parade
Another day, another Hudson/Warren Street Parade.  This one promises to be a new tradition. Parents, children, adult children – inventive costumes and plenty of spirit.  Watch for Superboy passing the Davis Orton Gallery, belo3rd.

The Ball-Shaped Pain from “The McCann Family” Series at Center for Photography in Woodstock

Posted in dolls, family, photography, portrait on August 20th, 2010 by karendavis – Comments Off on The Ball-Shaped Pain from “The McCann Family” Series at Center for Photography in Woodstock

photograph by karen davis, "The Ball-Shaped Pain" from the McCann Family portfolioLast fall I received the CPW 2009 Artists’ Fellowship Award. In addition to a cash prize to help me pursue my work, two of my photographs became part of the of the Center’s print collection housed at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. I used part of my award to upgrade my camera and part to enroll in two workshops at CPW one with Keith Carter, the other with Dawoud Bey.  Last weekend was the hands-on, inspirational class in Portrait with Bey.  I was happy to see that, in addition to two larger exhibitions, my photograph, The Ball-Shaped Pain from “The McCann Family” series was included in a smaller show of recent acquisitions by the Center.  There is a larger exhibit curated from the Permanent Print Collection at the Dorsky.

ForPatronsOnly

Posted in on May 30th, 2010 by karendavis – Be the first to comment

Art in the Service of Society

rock and roll hall of fame restroomAt the end of the last century, MoMA mounted a major exhibition, “The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect,” which commented on nearly every aspect of museums and the art industry. “For Patrons Only” contributes to this body of work. Here I invite the viewer to meditate on both museums and artistic movements by considering an overlooked but critical space in every museum – the restroom.  Simultaneously hidden and open to the public, one will find the mundane, the predictable, the surprising, the overlooked, the critical.I have been adding photographs to this series for over fifteen years.  Started on a whim, my first challenge has always been to make an interesting image. Limited by palette and a reduced number of elements, I look for something that may connect to the larger institution, or comment on it.  The photographs have also become part of my visual memoir, tracking my movement through the art world over the years.

MASS MoCA Restrooms a Postcard Portfolio” on sale at museum shop, Hardware, & Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY. Prints exhibited at MASS MoCA between Men’s Room & Ladies’ Room
MASS MoCA Restrooms Postcard Portfolio by Karen Davis

For Patrons Only
Classics and Recent Work

New York Public Library 5th&42nd

New York Public Library 5th&42nd

National Building Museum, Washington DC

National Building Museum, Washington DC

Tate Modern, London UK

Tate Modern, London UK

National Portrait Gallery, London UK

National Portrait Gallery, London UK

 

Southside Gallery, Oxford MS

Southside Gallery, Oxford MS

The Louvre, Paris FR

The Louvre, Paris FR

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland OH

Guggenheim, NYC

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Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Museum of Arts and Design, NYC © Karen Davis

Museum of Arts & Design, New York NY

 

 

 

Williams College Museum of Art © Karen Davis

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown MA

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe © Karen Davis

New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT © Karen Davis

Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT

Addison Gallery of American Art, No.Andover MA © Karen Davis

Addison Gallery of American Art, No.Andover MA

National Gallery of Art - East Building, Washington DC © Karen Davis

National Gallery of Art – East Building, Washington DC

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA © Karen Davis

New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans LA

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston TX © Karen Davis

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston TX

The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin TX © Karen Davis

The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin TX

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga TN © Karen Davis

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga TN

 

 

 

About

Posted in on March 31st, 2009 by karendavis – Be the first to comment

Contact  karen@yesthatkarendavis.com

Bio

Karen Davis’s work is featured at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and in the collections of the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art; Lishui Museum of Photography (China); the Houghton Rare Books Library, Harvard University and in corporate and private collections.

Davis, of Hudson NY, is the recipient of the 2009 Artists Fellowship Award from the CPW and a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts’ (NYFA) MARK artist. Recent solo and featured exhibits include: Homegrown, CPW; Unframed, NOBO Gallery, Hudson NY; PHOTO[gogues]2, Flash Forward, Boston MA; Family, Cabane Gallery, Phoenicia NY; and The McCann Family, the Griffin Museum of Photography. Her photographs were also included in “hrlm: pictures” at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

She teaches Portfolio Development And Marketing For Fine Arts Photographers online through the Griffin Museum of Photography. Davis has taught photo-based and word and image art in the Seminar Series in the Arts, Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University, Lesley Seminars, Radcliffe Seminars/Harvard, Tufts University’s X-College and Suffolk University.

Davis and her husband are co-owners of Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson NY where they exhibit photography, mixed media and photobooks of emerging, midcareer and established artists.

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Posted in on March 21st, 2009 by karendavis – Comments Off on Home

Still Stepping: A Family Portrait

Announcing a late September 2020 arrival
To Preview Book and Pre-Order visit
afamilyportrait.net –  dedicated website 

Spanning twenty-two years, my book, Still Stepping: A Family Portrait
is a word and image portrait of a family as it cruises along,
gets clobbered by a treacherous childhood illness,
and then moves forward.
Amidst the quotidian of life, my photographs and the family’s words
—from letters, an essay, a documentary and interviews—
provide an intimate window into a world turned upside down
then righted by two shaken but determined parents.

Cover of Book - Still Stepping: A Family Portrait

Still Stepping: A Family Portrait by Karen Davis
Photographs:
 Karen Davis
Text: The Morgan Orton family
Preface: Alison Nordström, Ph.D.
Introduction: Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D.



Recent photographic project: Strangely Attracted

Strangely Attracted is a series of paired images that synthesize two photographic impulses.  As I find correspondences between a) my photographs of the quotidian and b) details of fine art paintings, I discover latent possibilities. Everyday life becomes elevated and worthy of note.  The painted hands take on a hint of familiarity—more akin to the everyday.  The resulting composition, the diptych, creates a space where conversation takes place.

In Vietnam

Posted in on March 6th, 2009 by karendavis – Be the first to comment

About the photographs

In December 1999, I traveled to Vietnam. My guide and companion was my son, Jonathan, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin.  After he received his Ph.D., Jonathan married Nan and moved to Singapore, then Hong Kong as a university professor. Jesse was born in Spring, 2008.  In December 2008, my husband, Mark and I traveled to Hong Kong then we all headed to Hanoi where Jonathan introduced his friends to baby Jesse.

About the presentations

I have been experimenting with various software options for presenting my images on the web and am using this section about visits to Vietnam to illustrate some of approaches I could take.

  • a) Vietnam 1999 and b) Hanoi 2008 represent the linear presentation that can include a narrative.
  • Hanoi SV is Simple Viewer Gallery
  • Hanoi nexgen is a gallery program that includes a slide show.  It also will show each image against a dark background if the thumbnail is selected.
  • Hanoi-FlipBook uses Flipping Book software.  Images can appear on a single page or be split. I am still working out dimensions and use of text, but this presents the idea. (a navigation bar is possible but I chose not to include it in this example.