Robert Davis

Profile of 2015 FutureGreat artist, selected by Rashid Johnson

By Rashid Johnson

Here, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Luce Gallery, Turin

The Guru lyric ‘more milk than Louis Pasteur’ appears in the title of one of Robert Davis’s paintings, and to me it’s a great analogue for his particular combination of swagger and sincerity. He’s usurping familiar forms of painting and turning them to new purpose with references and materials that often lie outside the fine arts. Like a lyricist pushing the structure of a traditional rhyme to absurdity, Davis is using stylistic conventions to his own end, disrupting their meanings…

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