Jeff Davis


triple diesel said...

KS Art

Untitled, 2006
ink and graphite on paper, 8.5 x 11"

My Gifts are Free and Many, 2004
watercolor on paper, 30 x 22"

zipthwung said...

Candles are cool, but the drawings/prints are lame. I think the definition of kitch is that you pair down an idea to its essence and leave it there to rot in the history. Like a Hallmark card.

I saw this guy spitting sunflower seeds on the subway today. A guy started to lecture him, "you're a grown man" guy said "mind your business," dude said "its my world 9too)" - the whole tone of the conversation interrupted my reading of Communism for Complete Idiots.

I could live with the candles, but the wall stuff seems puerile.

zipthwung said...

Political argument is becoming a puerile cartoon about the moral . . . doing battle with the immoral.
-- George F. Will, "The Costs of Moral Exhibitionism", Washington Post, April 15, 2001

kelli said...

Cartoon imagery has aged badly. 1996 called. It wants it's art back.

dharmabum said...

study hall doodles. is the 8.5X11 on lined paper?

kelli said...

Maybe that was a bit harsh. These are actually knd of disturbing in a good way. Still cartoons, identity art etc. 1996

dharmabum said...

the jejune is timeless, enduring

Brangalina said...

That would be a good study hall.

zipthwung said...

I was angry with my friend:
I told my wrath, my wrath did end.
I was angry with my foe:
I told it not, my wrath did grow.

And I watered it in fears,
Night and morning with my tears;
And I sunned it with smiles,
And with soft deceitful wiles.

And it grew both day and night,
Till it bore an apple bright.
And my foe beheld it shine.
And he knew that it was mine,

And into my garden stole
When the night had veiled the pole;
In the morning glad I see
My foe outstretched beneath the tree.

closeuup said...

I find the work amusing and convincing. In fact, I went to the website and I liked everything at the gallery.

Since when are cartoons and identity ever going to go away? Your soaking in it.

kelli said...

Cartoons and identity art are both specific to the 90's. Even Juxtapoze artists have stopped using this imagery (except the French ones).

poppy said...

identity art has been over since 1996?
shit, i just started to realize who i am and where i belong.. did i miss the bus to the future and if someone doesn't mind - where exactly is it?

zipthwung said...

THis shit is decadent. My god. Rome is SOOOOOOO burning. Or maybe its just my eyes. Could someone make something worth looking at?

nothing new

under the sun

closeuup said...


agony of influence

but i actually think jeff's stuff is pretty fresh. and i find it amusing too. it just comes across as real.

new to me.

kelli said...

Good point Closeuup if an individual artist is good maybe the genre doesn't matter.

zipthwung said...


devinlevin said...

i'm lost.

kalm james said...

Didn’t I see this cat at Greater New York 2005 with wax or rubber head casts? I actually like the other artist Geoff Davis, one of the most eccentric painters in New York.. This (Geoff) guy has been working on the same group of 12 x 16 inch white panels for the last 3o something years, talk about anal retentive. This other Jeff leaves me mostly indifferent except for the fact that he’s tweaking newbies with 1996. Maybe if I’d been in junior high then it might hit me different. Man it’s so 1996, so last year, so last week, so yesterday, so fifteen minutes ago, so 30seconds ago…so now.

teamtruth said...

kelli, don't you make identity style work with a little smattering of cartoon? Your sexual identity is a big part of your work from what I can tell. I like your work, this is not meant to be mean.

kelli said...
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teamtruth said...

I think of gender and sexual preference as fluid. why is this a big issue?
I don't see his work as being identity driven anyway. More in the land of blake or redon spiritualism.

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michael crowe said...

Fabulous blog.