Artist StatementMy art uses abstraction to explore how image-based culture and its technologies affect perception and memory. The hierarchy that once divided popular culture from "high art" has been subsumed within an umbrella - a database of "categories of interest" called Media. While Warhol’s “Pop” addressed notions of celebrity and infamy, our form of contemporary media has collapsed the meaning of “celebrated” into simply “public.” This dissolution of hierarchy results in a maxi-culture, one indiscriminate about what it includes. Every otherwise visceral experience is now available as disembodied electronic media experience. In response to this, I aspire to present complex and textured object-images - paintings derived from digital graphics re-rendered by an authorial hand. These works offer viewers a pool of visual information and marks to explore and interpret with their own viewpoint. Perhaps it reminds them of something embedded as deep in their memory as it is within my object. Perhaps it’s just an illusion. The reference may be as plain as the nose on your face. I hope to offer something that elicits the question: “what part of what I see comes from what I know, and what part is just what I see?” Furthermore, how do we learn these images and references, and from what level of memory have we dredged them?
Ian MacLean Davis holds his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. His works have been exhibited throughout the United States and his artwork is collected internationally. Ian lives, works and teaches in Baltimore and its outlaying counties.