Mr. Davis' vision is often gutsy in it's scope and imagination. Shifting between incongruous blends of two and three - dimensional materials. He is consistently good at creating evocative wall pieces that are assertive and compelling.
The most formidable is "Resting Angel", a ten foot tall, high tech metal case holding an assortment of figurative symbols. A metal face mask wrapped in gag like fashion rests an upper wall and a dense accumulation of netting on vertical rods looks like a skirt on the floor. In between, aggressive elements dominate, with a belt of spiky nails and an irregular body section bandaged in pink and yellow strips.
Often there is as much presence in Mr. Davis' smaller works too and some almost scream with compressed energy. In the shadowbox construction "Flying Matchbook #14" for example, a metamorphosed central winged form is readily interpreted as an imposing flight machine, although a busy arrangement of delicate, threadlike wires in a principal controlling position raises questions about weight and power.
...............Phyllis Braff / NY Times
Here again, the artist is a poet, a writer of uncommon lyric and comedic gift.
Richard Davis, formerly from NYC and Sagaponack, now a resident of Connecticut, is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, a distinction he shares with Andy Warhol. His multi-media works and assemblages reflect his many interests over the past 30 years as a steelworker, industrial designer, animation artist, art director, and, most recently, photographer.
In his new work particularly, he uses multifaceted images and varied materials and techniques.
...............Rose C.S. Slivka / East Hampton Star