Oxholm Gallery are proud to present:
Oxholm Gallery – SHAY DAVIS “What If?”
Oxholm HALL: NUNZIO PACI “In the Garden of Idne”
For his newest exhibition, Shay Davis has tried to do a series of paintings that reflect current events in society and the impact these are having on transforming organic life. The animals are portrayed in a human-like environment, showing how our world could look from their perspective. Furthermore, drapery are used throughout the entire series to incorporate a fluid movement and provide a foundation for the thought-provoking combination of elements and animals.
As in other series, Shay Davis introduces a variation of symbols that can be found in each piece: among other the apple, symbolizing the beginning and ending of life, and the number 21, which represents the discipline, competitiveness and passion learned through his athletic career, which he has then also carried over into his artistic endeavors. He has spent a considerable amount of time developing new color compositions and theories, which makes this show truly unique.
Through his art Shay Davis provides powerful emotional responses to a world of real and fantasy stimuli. Each work challenges the viewer to create his own reality and understanding of the exciting mix of forms, objects and color within.
Nunzio Paci, in the body of work conceived for the show “In the Garden of Idne”, recovers the myth of the Vegetable Man belonging to ancient Jewish Folklore. In this new series, the Italian artist (b. 1977) continues to explore the theme of closeness to Nature, imagining a return to the beginning.
Some verses of The Book of Genesis, according to alternative interpretations, suggest that before our world, God had created 1.000 different worlds which were destroyed and then forgotten. Others indicate that God had made various attempts at making man.
Little record remains on these early attempts, but it is known in Jewish mythology that the first one was Idne or Adne Sadeh. Idne was described as a manlike creature who was regarded a plant rather than a man. As told by Louis Ginzberg in “The Legends of the Jews”, “His form is exactly that of a human being, but he is fastened to the ground by means of a navel-string, upon which his life depends. The cord once snapped, he dies”.
“In the Garden of Idne” is Paci’s attempt to evoke our lost bond with Mother Earth. But it is also a journey in a land of primitive experimentation, a garden laboratory where the artist analyses the origins of human life.
The exhibition will end January 11th, 2015.
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