Currently virtually on view at Stephanie Chefas Projects is the group exhibition, “Favorite Things,” curated by Jeremy Okai Davis.
Featuring a full spread of bold talent that includes Davis himself, the show
culls inspiration from perspiration and no shortage of style. That is to say, Davis chose each
artist based not just on their aesthetic voice, but on their level of commitment to the craft itself.
By cultivating the spirit of artistic perseverance and personal growth, these artists have struck a
personal chord with Davis over the years, motivating him to likewise stay the course and evolve
in the process.
While the style of each artist is distinctive, Davis tied them together through their emphasis on
portraiture or the existence of figures either within the frame or just outside of it. Being primarily
a portraiture artist himself, he remains very aware of how the hand creates and how one puts
themselves inside of a work. Davis is also drawn to color usage and that too informed both his
curatorial decision process and his personal output. His interest extends to both the colors
included in each painting, collage, or sculpture and the ones omitted as well. It all results in a
highly uniform experience, albeit one that still touches down a complete spectrum of distinctive
“Favorite Things is my attempt to speak to the commitment of art practice and personal
inspiration.”, states Davis. “I’ve chosen artists for this exhibit that over the years have
maintained a devotion to their work, that has in turn inspired me in one way or the other. Each
artist’s distinctive styles are tied together through portraiture or the existence of figures within
the frame or just outside of it. In curating this show I was very aware of how the hand creates
and how one puts themselves inside of a work. I’ve always been drawn to color usage, what is
included or omitted from a collage, sculpture or painting and these works and artists exemplify
this interest of mine and inform my practice both directly and indirectly.”
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