Monday, November 22, 2010

Grant Profile: Glenn Herbert Davis

Glenn Herbert Davis, Track aNd Trolley, installation detail,12' x 24' x 54' 2008

Tulsa-based artist Glenn Herbert Davis’s two-gallery exhibition at Sewanee, University of the South in Tennessee, opens December 3. The project will be completed in part with the assistance of an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative Projects Grant. 

The large-scale installation, a Pale; place into parts, will consist of salvaged and common woods, suspension hardware, lighting, surveyor’s stakes, and imagery and text.  Davis said he devised the work considering “a pale; a place having bounds, and then divided into the two gallery spaces using a Roland Barthes’ ‘studium/punctum’ conceptual split.” 

His grant proposal defined studium as “the cultural, linguistic, and political interpretation” and punctum as “the wounding, personally touching detail which establishes a direct relationship.”  One space, studium, will put forward an abandoned planner’s office while the other gallery will show the “impact of the planner’s activities,” punctum.
Glenn Herbert Davis, in process construction of a Pale; place into parts 
Davis will construct much of the work on site, but is transporting a large truckload of materials to Tennessee. This project continues his exploration of the “theoretical and practical relationships between the individual human body and (contrived) systems.” 

More of his work can be seen on his website, or you can read about him in this article in Art Focus Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition provides project grants to artists to help them start and grow their careers at watershed stages.  Discerning individuals and businesses support this program through contributions and OVAC’s 12x12 fundraiser. The administration of the program is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council and Allied Arts.  

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