Brett Douglas Davis

Please join us for UC Davis 2014 MFA Studio Art Exhibition: for future reference!
May 31-June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 5:30-7:30pm
Performance by Jamie Dunn at 6pm!

Brett Davis
Jamie Dunn
Rachel Gelenius
Jacob Greenlund
Daniel Harano
Jeff King
Alyssa Lempesis
Joyce Nojima

For Future Reference, the title of this year’s MFA exhibition, is not only a cheeky appropriation of everyday, bureaucratic language but also a phrase that aptly conjures the artists’ investment in the material present and processes that invite chance and change. Though they can be classified as painters, sculptors, ceramicists, or installation, performance, and video artists, all eight artists produce work that defies the boundaries of these categories. Joyce Nojima’s installations and Jamie Dunn’s performances have distinct ties to drawing, skin, and surface effects, while Brett Davis’s paintings are conceived with a visceral approach to psychically charged spaces. Alyssa Lempesis and Rachel Gelenius embrace a vast range of new and often unconventional materials, finding ways to build up and break down the sculptural medium. Daniel Harano’s ceramic sculptures are intensely systematic, but also respond to the artist’s fluid process and the laws of nature. Jacob Greenlund’s video pieces cannily infuse popular media tropes with stream of consciousness elements and perspectives from the independent hip-hop scene. Jeff King likewise embodies this experimental spirit; his work entails a system of constantly shifting production and wide-ranging stylistic output. As with all things tagged “for future reference,” the artists’ collective works are both important records of the here and now and indications of how the present will shape the future of the field.

An accompanying exhibition catalog will include images of the artists’ work, their own writings, and an introduction by Associate Professor Darrin Martin. It will also feature a series of companion essays by Masters of Arts students in Art History, a new collaboration between Art Studio and Art History.
Kept Closer: New works at Modern Formations Gallery
New Works by Jamie Adams, Brett Douglas Davis, and Rob Katkowski

Modern Formations Gallery presents recent prints, drawings, and paintings that jointly discuss a renewed intimacy in the work of Jamie Adams, Brett Douglas Davis, and Rob Katkowski.
The works included in this show detail the artists’ reevaluations of their driving influences. Familiar working materials have been renegotiated in order to probe ongoing themes. Essentially, all three artists have reassessed previous boundaries in an attempt to pin down a more personal understanding of the fuel and fodder of their images and craft.
In the case of Jamie Adams the resulting images probe accountability, shame, and guilt in the contemporary male psyche. Brett Douglas Davis has resurfaced his figures from the overwhelming muddle of recent past compositions to examine human relationships and personal history. Finally, Rob Katkowski continues his exploration of undetectable spaces through a newly honed and poetic harmony of formal abstract elements.

To varying degrees the artists have turned the lens inward and submitted for the audience new pleas of consideration spanning a vast cross section of imagery.
Moths to a Flame
Edinboro Alumni Visual Art Show at Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

Juried by acclaimed artist and Edinboro University Professor John Lysak, this exhibition showcases the work of Edinboro University Alumni living and working in the larger metropolitan area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

February 5 to the 28, 2009

Artist Reception: February 7, 6 to 8 PM with music by Jim Powell and refreshments.
The Brij Group: The Origin of Language
the / ‘brij / the origin of language

An exhibition of new abstract paintings by members of the brij

October 17th – November 14th

Reception: October 17th 7:00-9:00 pm

Refreshments served and music by DJ Jim

Sweetwater Center for the Arts

200 Broad Street

Sewickley, PA 15143


East Side Gallery
MISSION STATEMENT : The East Side Gallery is Pittsburgh's only all-
media art cooperative. Artists of various disciplines work together
to organize events and maintain a commercial gallery space.

Works in various media and in various sizes by Brett Davis are on display and for sale at very affordable prices.
Most Wanted Fine Art
ECHO Location:
The work of Brett Douglas Davis, Rob Katkowski, and Jennifer Murray will be on display in Most Wanted Fine Artists Gallery in July, 2008.
Opening reception is July 4th from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Most Wanted Fine Art
5015 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
A Space of Resignation
"A Space of Resignation" will display a cross section of the dischordance utilized by Brett Davis, Jamie Adams, and Robert Katkowski in their respective images. These three artists employ an ambiguity of specific elements in paint. The results vary from lulling introspection to quiet malevolence. It is work that calls for the viewer to resign himself to the strange and palpable space, the uncertain surface, and the inchoate relationships between figures.

Note: There shall be a sneak peak opening reception of this show at Modern Formations in conjunction with the Woodlab Ongoing Musical Performance Series. Check back for details and updates pertaining to specific dates and times.
Sublimation: Space 101 Distillery Residency Program Show
The Distillery Residency of Pittsburgh shall showcase the work of the artist residents chosen for the 2nd annual run of the program at Space 101 in the Brewhouse (on the Southside) this April. The opening shall take place on the evening of March 28th with snacks and libations.