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Karon Davis
Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Recommendation by Jody Zellen

Karon Davis, "Pain Management," installation view at Wilding Cran Gallery, 2016

Continuing through November 12, 2016

Karon Davis’ exhibition, entitled "Pain Management,” refers to and is a tribute to her late husband Noah Davis, a painter and co-founder of the Underground Museum who passed away after a long battle with a rare form of cancer in 2015. The two-room installation both looks back at that time, and is also a celebration of moving on. Davis transforms her experiences as care-giver into an awe inspiring body of work. In one of the gallery spaces, Davis recreates a generic waiting room, a place where she and her family spent so much time during Noah's illness. Gallery visitors may sit, listen and reflect on what it means to wait. 

In the adjacent gallery sits a gigantic tissue box that is symbolic of spent tears. The box is a clear image of grief and suffering, however Davis surrounds it with figurative plaster casts, crafted from shredded medical bills, that represent different aspects of her suffering and healing experiences. The figures — nurses and children — are both grounding and spiritual. The nurses signal reality, whereas the children, given the title "Children of the Moon," speak to the spiritual aspects of Davis' transcendent experiences. The show, though emotionally difficult, is an uplifting exhibition about past pains and suffering 

Published Courtesy of ArtSceneCal ©2016

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