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LatchKey Gallery in collaboration with Select World S 12 is proud to present, This Ain’t No Disco, new works by Damien Davis. On view by appointment only from October 8 – 28, 2018.

Damien Davis on-going pictorial library investigates representation of blackness by seeking to unpackthe visual language of various cultures and how these societies represent race. The artist uses sculpture, digital printmaking, drawing, and performance to deconstruct cultural codes and African diasporic iconography present in contemporary culture. 

Every image embodies a loaded history of our own learned assumptions. Through the iconography of Davis’ work, viewers are asked to investigate their own visual intelligence and to analyze their interpretations. By using reflective Plexiglas as a vehicle to self-perception, Davis’ asks us to confront our innate relationships to race, deconstruct our learned beliefs leaving us to reform our visual literacy. Davis accomplishes this while blurring the boundaries between art and design through an array of aesthetics and differentiated forms of production.

Mr. Davis work has appeared at The Whitney Museum and Museum of Modern Art, as well as METHOD Gallery in Seattle, and Biagiotti Progetto Arte in Italy. He is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Community Engagement Grant and has been awarded residencies with the Museum of Arts and Design, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Pilchuck Glass School. Mr. Davis is also a former fellow and current advisor for the Art & Law Program. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times, Frieze Magazine, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and Vulture. 

Mr. Davis holds a BFA in Studio Art and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. He is also this year’s Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling Art-in-Residence. 


Created by Select World CCO Hans Dorsinville, S12 Studiois an exhibition platform providing opportunities for artists, creatives, and the likeminded to develop site-specific projects that foster a dialogue on the arts, creativity, and the larger work of Select World. The space will enable both emerging and established artists across racial, gender, and socioeconomic spectrums to showcase their work, and act as a creative hub for an eclectic collection of actions and projects. In turn, this creative exchange and insightful dialogue will contribute to the dynamic culture of Select World and provide new insight to further inform its work. Explore current and previous exhibitions at S12studio.com.