Friday, March 14, 2014

"Joyride" opens at Public Functionary 3/22/14!

I just sent out my March 2014 Newsletter with a little peek at my exhibition:

I'm happy to announce my new solo exhibition featuring ten of my largest paintings ever-


Opening Reception: Sat, March 22

at  Public Functionary

"Public Functionary is pleased to announce its first exhibit of 2014, featuring new work by Minneapolis-based painter, Jennifer Davis.

In the summer of 2013, Jennifer Davis set out on an 8-cities-in-8-days research trip to study, photograph and sketch antique carousel animals and classic vignette paintings. “Joyride” is the product of the findings: a complete body of large-scale paintings inspired by vintage carousel animals and traditional carousel vignette paintings. Davis hasn't previously been compelled to create a series of works based on any specific theme, nor has she attempted to create works of this scale. With a 15+ year history as a painter, Davis liberates her own conventions with this much anticipated new body of work featuring large-scale paintings that abandon comfort for an exploration of the next level."
In 2012 I was awarded a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council/ McKnight Foundation
"Next Step Grant" for "funding to research, create, and document a body of large-scale paintings based on vintage carousel animals and traditional carousel vignette paintings."

In the summer of 2013 I set out on a road trip to visit eight states in eight days and dozens of vintage carousels (built in the early 1900s) along the US Eastern seaboard.

I documented my travels/research via blog at

See how cuckoo I am for carousels?
For this exhibition I'll be showing the results of my project-
* ten 4x4' paintings celebrating my love of creepy/crazy vintage carousel animals

(Mysteriously blurry in attempt to entice you to visit them in person!)

* 8 smaller oval shaped paintings featuring my take on traditional carousel vignette paintings

* and some other fun surprises!

I hope you can join me for the celebration of my biggest solo exhibition ever!

(If you can't make it in person I hope you'll swing by my blog to check out all of the artwork. I'll post everything right after the reception.)


Jennifer Davis * Joyride

at Public Functionary in Minneapolis (map)

OPENING RECEPTION : Sat, March 22, 2014 7pm- midnight
ARTIST TALK : Sat, March 29, 1pm
RUN DATES : 3/22 - 4/25
GALLERY HOURS : Thursdays: 2pm-7pm
 Fridays: 8pm-12am (PF Takeovers*)
Saturdays: 12pm-4pm


* Each Friday night will feature special events in partnerships with local groups and organizations under the PF Takeover Series. Event Details TBA.

This activity was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from the McKnight Foundation. THANK YOU, MRAC and McKnight!


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