In Sequence: Jeff Davis and Grant Wiggins



Grant Wiggins, "Voyedge 1," Acrylic on Canvas, 40" x 40"Jeff Davis, "Facade 10," Unique digital c-print between acrylic glass and PVC board, 36" x 36"

In Sequence brings together the work of two artists that have been working in series using geometry and abstraction as defining motifs in their work. The different sets of work that they each have on display at FOUND:RE Contemporary demonstrate the chromatic dynamism and the rigorous aesthetic of two of the most significant artists working with painting and photographic prints today.

 

 

Jeff Davis

 

 

Jeff Davis is working at the very forefront of art and technology today. He uses algorithmic processes to create abstract imagery where the creative act is associated just as much with the final selection of outcomes as it is on writing the custom software that generates each new cache of potential artworks. His oeuvre is often associated with the "digital turn" in abstract art which expanded the horizon of formalism over the last few decades by incorporating the prospects offered by digitization, different editing programs and the rise of virtual worlds.

This shows itself in Davis' work through the many different ways that his images are meditated, allowing him to manipulate the elements of size, quantity, color, placement, and grid density within rigorously bounded parameters. In this way, his work not only capitalizes on the crisp and clean aesthetic associated with the history of geometric art, but it also expands the possibilities for working in series with a greater degree computational specificity. By bringing together technological iterations with the widest possible variety of formalist variations, Davis is able to generate an aesthetic that resonates with contemporary concerns about the future of creativity and techno-science while developing an entirely new model for visual poetics today.

Bio: Jeff Davis' work has been exhibited at venues throughout the U.S. including Torrance Art Museum, Arizona State University, Lawrence University, the University of Minnesota, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, and the Tucson Museum of Art. He received his BA in Mathematics and Studio Art from Lawrence University, and his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also the author of two textbooks, Foundations of Design and Foundations of Color and is the founder and director of Davis Editions. Davis serves as an Arts and Culture commissioner for the city of Tempe and sits on the board of directors for Friends of the Tempe Center for the Arts.

 

 

Grant Wiggins

 

 

Working in the space between minimalist and maximalist impulses, Wiggins art combines the best of both to make images that are as contradictory as they are compelling. Equally inspired by the classicism of Hard Edge painting, the accessibility of computer graphics, and the punch of Pop Art, his particular aesthetic has its origins in a process of sampling different motifs and then remixing imagery by working in series. In this way Wiggins is able to draw upon the visual beats and syncopated rhythms of geometric art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries while producing paintings that give us something entirely new and of the contemporary moment.

Based on the play of visual point and counterpoint, Wiggins work challenges our notions about the boundaries between computational design and personal style. A polymath of the graphic idiom, his artworks express both an insistency on specific choices and wide variety of compositional commitments. Clean lines, colorful curves, and interlocking shapes all collide on his canvases to produce a sense of visual opulence that is seldomly matched by other artists working in the same genre. In this way, Wiggins art gives us a sense of visual impact and immediacy that is a rare accomplishment in the discourse about the intersection of art and design today.

Bio: Grant Wiggins has been exhibited in the Arizona Biennial five times, as well the TCA Biennial at Tempe Center for the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and in galleries throughout the United States. He has licensed his work to Milan fashion house Jil Sander, as well as home furnishings retailer CB2. Wiggins' work has been showcased in Acrylic Innovation: Styles and Techniques Featuring 64 Visionary Artists by North Light books and numerous exhibition catalogs. He has been written about in the Dwell, Phoenix Home & Garden, JAVA Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Phoenix New Times, Scottsdale Republic,Tucson Weekly, and many other publications. He studied art history while earning a bachelor's in English literature from Kenyon College and a master's in English literature from Northwestern University. He also holds a master's in business administration from Arizona State University.



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