Jeff Davis



Jeff Davis is working at the very forefront of the intersection of art and technology today. He uses algorithmic processes to create abstract imagery where the creative act is associated just as much with a final selection of projected outcomes as it is the process of writing 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’s different series through the diverse 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 and 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. This his allowed him to develop an entirely new model for visual poetics within the realm of the “New Geometricism”. 

On par with the most advanced forms of new media art, net art, and digital art being produced anywhere in the world, Davis has also made a significant contribution our understanding of form and color in his two books, the Foundations of Design and the Foundations of Color. Like Joseph Albers, Hans Hofmann's and Bridget Riley's teaching before him, Davis has updated the discussion around conflicting modalities of perception, positing the use of geometric as the motif par excellence for exploring advanced theories of phenomenological complexity. 

Bio: Jeff Davis’s 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.


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