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Davis showcase open until Feb. 28

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2012

Updated: Thursday, February 16, 2012 14:02

ART

Abdullah Raslan/Herald

Joyce Jaynes, administrative specialist to the chair of the fine arts department stands in front of the wooden pillars.

Inspired by the early the 60's, modern art and Jackson Pollock's abstract art, graduate student Chris Davis showcased his work in a thesis exhibition entitled "I was Born in a Rabbit Hole".

Originally from Illinois, Davis is pursing a graduate degree in fine arts with an emphasis in sculptor.

He received his bachelors in sculpture from Southern Illinois University in 2003, he then moved to Jonesboro with his wife, Sharon, when she was offered to work with the department of psychology and counseling at ASU.

Since then, Davis has showcased his work on and off campus.

"Exhibiting is the reason I get work." Davis said.  

The work he chose to showcase has a cohesive "earthy" theme.

In the middle of the room, five wooden pillars stand tall.

Resembling sand stones, Davis carved these wooden pillars into shape by using a chain saw.

Davis said that all of the wood he used was collected from a sawmill, where the wood was going to be recycled or destroyed.

On the far wall, a mosaic of ceramic pieces decorate the space.

Haley Denton, a junior studio art major of Harrisburg said that she particularly enjoyed the ceramic pieces.

She appreciates the skillfulness that Davis showcased and she continued by saying that she enjoys the natural untouched feel the pieces show.

"I like how he didn't use varnish on his ceramic pieces. That's usually the first thing other artist would do." Denton said.

Three large abstract paintings covered one part of a wall, while a smaller group of paintings were hung on the other side.

"The process of making these paintings was exhausting" said Davis.

Joyce Jaynes, administrative specialist to the chair of the fine arts department, said the wooden pieces were her favorite.

She said the pieces are very well done and it sent a very calming and relaxing vibe.

More of Davis's work is displayed in Gallery 451 on Main Street, and also on his website ruralchristopher.com

All of the pieces shown in the gallery are for sale.

 The exhibition is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday until Feb. 28th in the Fine Arts gallery.

 

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