Scott Davis Noa Warren
December 9, 2010 – January 29, 2011
The Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce two solo exhibitions by artists Noa Warren and Scott Davis opening December 9 and continuing through January 29, 2011. Warren and Davis have a thirty year generational divide, share an attraction to the minimalist genre and geography, as both live in Maine. In this exhibition Warren uses acrylic on panel, Davis graphite on paper, and acrylic on linen. This is Warren’s first exhibition in New York at the Nancy Margolis gallery, Davis his second, having participated in a group exhibit, “Drawn from Maine” curated by Bruce Brown in 2008.
Warren layers clear acrylic medium onto canvas, manipulating angled incisions into the acrylic to form geometric patterns. The cuts are filled with paint, the surface sanded smooth to remove extra paint except in the cuts. Using this technique Warren plays with illusion, composing line into three-dimensional configurations that appear to float, and move on a two-dimensional plane. Warm golden rust on a contrasting rich dark ground becomes a foil for this expressive work.
Warren graduated in 2006 from the Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine and received the Harley L. Flaws Memorial Endowed Scholarship in 2005 and 2003. He has exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial in 2008, and at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME.
Davis’ graphite on paper drawings depict subjects that have a timeless quality, merging the past, present and future. Paring down his subject matter by eliminating unnecessary elements, the drawings, spare and intense belie their simplicity, stirring deeper interpretation and reflection.
Davis received his B.A. at California State College at San Bernardino and M.F.A at the University of California at Davis. He also participated in the Whitney Museum Studio Program. His work has been shown in galleries across the United States and is included in important collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, and Williams College Museum of Art, Williams, MA.