As many of you have heard, my solo show, STRUCK: Scenic Remnants by Jared Davis
opens tonight. Well, that is, everything is installed and available to be seen, probably while you are attending a Capital Fringe
show at the Warehouse
. But the announcement for the opening party is still in the works (in case you didn't read the title, the opening party is Friday July 25th, 7-10 pm
). I have created a postcard for the event, and have sent it to the printers, check it out:
Front of Struck
Back of Struck
Special for the loyal readers of BTT, I am also posting some shots of the exhibition, shot moments after installation:
Warehouse Gallery installation of Struck (looking towards mainstage)
Warehouse Gallery installation of Struck
(looking towards 7th street)
I know what you are thinking, "why is the bar covered up, and why didn't you hang more art on the bar?" Well, rest assured, the bar will be open (beer and wine) during the Fringe Festival...so you will be able to enjoy my work in some of its proper context...
I have also created an artist's statement (heavily edited by my lovely wife...who has fortunately stopped me from sounding like a pompous artsnob...) that I will post at the end of this posting. It will help clarify any misunderstandings about the show. Things like, is this art or scenery? Are you selling this? Will the DIAMOND DEAD
performance after the opening party be free? (no, so get your tickets now!
Speaking of DIAMOND DEAD...
Top of coffin...and the logo for DIAMOND DEAD
The load in went well enough...some of the scenery didn't fit, or was too complex for the fifteen minutes allotted for setup between shows, so not everything was used. But Skull-Elvis made the cut:
drop for DIAMOND DEADPainted Black Velour, 8'x8'
should be a great show, so don't wait until the Struck
opening party to go, because they are apt to sell out once they get some press...you can get tickets here
This coming week I have my preliminary sketches due for Funny...Forum
, and I also hope to be farther along with a sex machine
logo...but until then, enjoy the Struck Artist's Statement
Scenic Remnants by Jared Davis
This show is a bit of an odd duck; it’s not very often you see an art exhibition devoted to leftover scenery. The work for this show has been given the theatrical equivalent of a “stay of execution”…after the final curtain call, they were struck from the stage but not sent directly to the dumpster. Instead, I packed these representative pieces in my truck to be saved for later, reworked, or used again. I did not anticipate that they would be hung in a gallery, but here we are!
The art exhibited was created with a different set of rules than usual gallery pieces. They were created to be seen under colored lights, behind actors, and from at least ten feet away. Additionally, they have been around the block, some to several venues. Consequently, I ask that you consider the occasional scuff mark and the bits of ground-in glitter makeup as part of their charm.
For every piece in this exhibit, there are dozens more that have been lost or re-painted. There are also a few who have made it in the hands of collectors. For example, one part of a Lobsterboy Revue set is now a headboard for a waterbed. Another is hanging in the Silver Spring Piratz Tavern. And others have tripped to places like Playa del Fuego.
I have been working and living in DC since 1999. In the usual gallery/art show context, my work is best known for small paintings that frequently feature Tikis and Monkeys. I don’t make a distinction between my work for the stage and my work for the gallery. To me, it’s all painting. The main difference is scale.
I would like to thank the Rupperts who have supported my work in both contexts, as painter and as Scenic Designer. I am thrilled that Molly invited me mount this show during the Capital Fringe Festival. I have a connection with this festival having designed shows for fringe over the past two years. Since I tend to paint in a “lowbrow” style, I also seek out theater that aligns with that sensibility, I believe that this exhibition, like this festival, suits an unconventional crowd.
Lastly, I would like to thank my amazing wife as well as the theater groups and performers who give me opportunities to think and paint BIG.