Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bill Davenport and the Golden Treasures of the Pharaohs

Curated by Charles Dee Mitchell.  Presented at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, September 17 - October 22.

Last weekend was busy in Texas arts.  Bill Davenport kept bar at the Glasstire booth at the Texas Contemporary art fair.  An actual 'art' bar that Bill created himself and stocked with his unique hand-painted bottles.  As Houston occupied itself with the second art fair in two months time, Dallas witnessed the final weekend to view Davenport's work at the MAC.  The MAC's press release tells us that Davenport filled the large gallery with works that reference the "mysticism of ordinary man's treasures."  Davenport is a contributing editor for Glasstire and a freelance art critic for the Houston Chronicle, and he has had numerous regional art exhibits during the past decade.  Glasstire has posted a variety of articles as of late regarding the state of the Dallas commercial art scene.  It was interesting to see the demonstration Davenport presented to Dallas viewers in this exhibition at the MAC that was curated by a Dallas art critic and curator.

installation shot of Big Owl and Nopale
both are paper mache over steel, 2011
Big Owl, 108" x 60" x 60"
Nopale, 50" x 82" x 132"

Strawberry, painted ferroconcrete, 25" x 29" x 29", 2011

Moldy Cheese and Stein
Moldy Cheese, polyurethane foam and acrylic paint, 4" x 4" x 4", 2011
Stein, ceramic, 6" x 4" x 5.5", 2009

Wood Pretzel, plaster gauze and acrylic paint, 14" x 21" x 12", 2011

Big Owl

Swiss Cheese, polyurethane foam and acrylic paint, 3.5" x 6" x 4.5", 2011

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