When you hear Driveway Dance-Off, you may think of happy friends in checked shirts, tied at the waist on the girls, doing the loopty loo in some suburban lane. Vintage station wagons and verdant pastures stretching into the distance.
Ms. Davidson and Mr. Lorimer are engaged with the depiction of fields of dreams, overlaid images that come together and apart in ways both exaggerated and precise. Davidson’s paintings translate scenes of nature that recollect broader America, the land that exists between Chicago and Nevada City. Rather than recreating a landscape outright, she offers a vision through a drinking glass, a series of mirrors, or pools of water. Like smoke coming off a lake on a cool morning, Davidson’s paintings possess liquidity, convey mirage. Logos and symbols are filled with painterly strokes and color, a washing machine, a geode, the twisted figure of a marbleized mannequin. Each work contains a loose list of objects which are an analog for perception, memories and dreams.
Lorimer employs space in his paintings as if it were an unusual event. The characters he depicts are often solemn, exploring their empty rooms like astronauts floating in outer space. The color of their surroundings reads like the palette prescribed to an architect in a city bi-law. Lorimer makes paintings that contain all the complexities of a monopoly game, and yet they are somehow elusively simple. Like his friend and partner, Davidson, he is consumed with mirrors that lead to other passageways in the mind, and stories which reflect other stories and history.
Lorimer and Davidson met as students in the Tyler School of Art’s MFA program. As fate would have it, they shared a studio and then many confidences. Together they run a gallery in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, called Bannerette, where they curate exhibitions of emerging artists from New York and abroad. Join us in celebrating their work.