Friday, December 12, 2008

Taylor Davis

I touch on recent sculptures by Bostonian Taylor Davis, who won the 2001 ICA Artist Prize and was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, in this review:
She comes out of classic hardcore Minimalism, making stuff like a wood-and-mirrors version of a typical shipping pallet. Her current show at Samson Projects, “N W rk Ab t,” offers esoteric sculpture on the edge between art and carpentry: an iron rod rising up from two crossed wood planks; a plywood screen; a beaver-gnawed log inside a spinnable wood box; a log milled flat on two sides but otherwise left raw. It epitomizes a certain branch of Boston art (the kind that, say, the ICA tends to reward): cold, rigorous, smart, dry, and (too often) kind of boring.
“Taylor Davis: N W rk Ab t,” Samson Projects, 450 Harrison Ave., Boston, Oct. 31 to Dec. 13, 2008.

Pictured: Three untitled sculptures by Taylor Davis.


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