In Legacy of Loneliness Laura Davis responds to the history of female artists, herself included, working within the field of sculpture. The exhibit features a site-specific wall painting, two furniture based assemblage sculptures, a self portrait, and an installation of small wall works. Also shown for the first time are a series of Davis’ large graphite drawings on Stonehenge paper that layer the imagery found in such canon-establishing art anthologies such texts as Albert E. Elsen’s 1974 edition of Origins of Modern Sculpture, Pioneers and Premises.
Legacy of Loneliness is accompanied by “The Reproduction of Certain Senses,” an essay on the exhibition by artist and critic Matt Morris. Download the extended version of the essay, here.
Laura Davis is a Chicago based artist whose work examines the intersection of craft, design and art by using sculpture, drawing and installation to disturb notions of value and context. Recent solo exhibitions include Legacy of Loneliness, Threewalls, Chicago and Histrionic Restoration, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. Recent group exhibitions include The Party’s Over, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN; Homebodies, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; andTwo Histories of the World (Part 2), Hyde Park Art Center, both in Chicago, IL. Her work has been written about in Art in America,Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Art 21 Blog, Art Slant, New City and Artwrit.
In 2015, Davis was awarded an Artadia grant; she was also a nominee for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. She received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2004 and her BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art in 1996. She currently teaches in the departments of Contemporary Practices and Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.