Posts Tagged ‘collecting’

Meet the Tenant Project – The Dungeon Paris

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Meet the Tenant Project – The Dungeon Paris

Over the past 3 months I have been living and making art with my daughter in Paris. I came here to  finish off an arts project I started  2 years ago.

Meet the Tenant project began during the Summer of 2007, when I ventured down into the underground area of an apartment block in Asnieres sur seine. I sensed the presence of past lives lurking within the walls and this became the starting point for my project.

I call this space “The Dungeon” Within days I had massed hundreds of images, video, photos and drawings. I took them back to my studio in Australia and have been working on the project ever since. I edited the videos into an 18 minute piece and printed out some of the photos. Developed a story-line which keeps changing, and created a proposal to be performed . (See 1st draft below)

Today back in Paris 2010, I’m still no closer to resolving this project its forever ongoing and not sure where it will end up and its driving me mad.

Proposal No.1 $10,000Jenny Davis 2010

“Go to Paris from Australia & live in an underground space for 7 days and document everything that happens with video, photographs, drawings, whatever. All things created become yours. You will own the experience, everything, including my clothes, shoes, food containers ,implements etc…I will deliver them to you. The art piece is… The whole experience…. you can do with it what you want”

(Due to sub zero temps. this project was canceled and may be performed at a later date)

An underground space under the Notre Dame Paris

Map copyright PlanetWare.com

© 2010 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

My Found-object Sculpture

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

DIARY ENTRY 2005“Surfaces tell the stories of History’s children. I travelled the surface of the battles. Napoleon and Hitler’s slaughter. The senseless bloodshed of scores of the Holy wars. As I entered the borders it invaded my skin, then, seeping into my soul, I saw where it happened over and over again. It clings to me and will stay.

In England I saw a ghost in nave at Canterbury Cathedral and visited the wonderful sea side village of Rye. Nearby the weird, bizarre but wonderful Dungeness. And the fantastic museum in Maidstone where I was the only one, creeping through the old corridors. I loved its ancientness.

In Spain, I felt the genius of Dali, Gaudi , Miro, Picasso and Antoni Tapies.The magic of Don Quixote, Flamenco, the dance and Catalan language.

I had fun with Tarrentino’s, Pulp Fiction in France and the beautiful city of Paris with its beautiful goldness, but no toilets. I fell in love with Venice , Florence and the Renaissance. The architecture cathedrals and more.”

© 2009 – 2011, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Letters from the Border

Sunday, March 8th, 2009


Letters from the Border Jenny Davis

The flower rose from the desert floor

Pushing its way through the dry hard crust like a white rag flapping its surrender into the dust

Time slowed to a halt for one soldier he clicked the camera.

An interruption to the vile slaughter he had witnessed earlier that morning

The image arrived penetrating the depths of her soul for she knew the little desert flower from the border would change the fragility of humanity forever

Finally after all the fires in Victoria I’m starting to create again and catch up with my work in the studio. Pictures above show images of the hubcap I created for the Landfillart project in US.

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

LETTERS FROM THE BORDER is actually a series of many pieces I have been working on for years…..This piece is a collage of images taken from my collections.

A copy of an original Imperial letter from Berlin I own dated early 1900’s

A piece of writing I created in 2003 in connection to Iraq Photos and emails I received from a US soldier when he was on the border in Kuwait waiting to invade Iraq.He described to me what happened to his troops on that day and night.

They were bombed 30 times as they crossed the border.

We conversed with emails for a few months then nothing .I don’t know what happened to him I haven’t been able to find out.

The bomb like image is a photo of a plastic toy I have that sits inside one of my box sculptures.The soldier images are from the photos he sent me of himself and his crew. I had made a few zines out of these images then I tore one up for this work. It was all originally on stretched canvas but I cut it out for the hubcap and sealed it….

The desert flower refers to a photo he sent me as he was entering over the border into Iraq…a little flower a glimmer of hope in the dry dusty desert

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Landfillart is an international effort encompassing one-thousand-forty-one (1,041) artists to claim a piece of rusted metal garbage and create fine art.

The ultimate goals of this project are twofold. The first is to compile a book with the story and photos of the evolution of http://www.landfillart.org and the coming together of 1041 artists worldwide for a common cause, making great art out of rusted refuse. Only artists could lead such a charge. The other goal is to select 200 of these metal canvases to travel and inspire other such movement

© 2009 – 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Parisgrit Exhibition.

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

PARISGRIT VIDEO & SOUND INSTALLATION

Photography – Painting – Collage

In Paris there is beauty everywhere. So where did my ‘head-down’ inspiration for Parisgrit come from?

Probably my contrary view that beauty is what we make it. So I explored the underground spaces, surfaces, corners, crevices, signage, graffiti and even discarded packaging of Paris, finding as much interest there as a tourist sees in the classic art and architecture.

It’s all street art – digital images, street litter and objects for collage – that I impulsively, obsessively collected from the Paris under my feet. Parisgrit is the other beauty of Paris, the ignored and neglected surprises and symbols, filtered through the mischief in my heart and grit in my eyes! Amusez vous …Jenny Davis 2007

In May 2007 ,I traveled to Paris and was part of an exhibition in Berlin with 4 other Melbourne artists, After a few hitches the artists finally enjoyed an opening at the Bob Curtiz Contemporary Movement gallery in Berlin ,which included the attendance of dignitaries’ from the Australian embassy in Germany.

I also spent 3 months in Asnieres-Sur-Seine in Paris, the once home of 18th century painter, Georges Seurat who painted the famous “Une Baignade a`Asnieres”

Living amongst the local, ethnic communities I was able to breathe in the essence of life and culture of Paris. Time was spent strolling through the museums, Louvre, D’orsay and the Pompidou, and the not so touristy areas, to network with the artists & galleries to see what their local artists were up to. I observed the spirit of the “French Café” noticing much of it remains as, it was in the earlier days with its red districts, brothels and porno joints, all still colorfully alive.

I explored areas like Mont Martre and places where legendary artists and writers once frequented. Where art movements, such as, Dadaism, Impressionism and Surrealism were argued and created. I loaded myself with camera, video, paintbrush and rubbish bags and explored underground spaces, surfaces, corners, crevices, signage, the Metro and Graffiti. I collected discarded, street litter and consumer packaging and bought it back to Australia to create with back in my studio.

© 2007 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.