Davidson Contemporary presents the summer exhibition Totally Suite, a group show featuring serial work from Nathan Catlin, Sam Messenger, Boo Saville, and Thomas Witte. Each artist has made a series of work and, though each individual work was made with its own intention, the collection of each presents a linear view of the artists’ manufacturing techniques and artistic vision.
Nicky Broekhuysen's photos depict paintings that she made on rocks in the South African landscape. The paintings themselves are based on the ancient practice of rock painting used by the indigenous San Bushmen. The photos explore the definitions of mark-making while preserving the sanctity of the ritualistic meaning it references.
Nathan Catlin’s work follows a fictional narrative arc and, whether a woodcut or painting, provides allegorical clues as to the meaning of the work. Those meanings are manifold and emerge slowly and mysteriously out of the work, both singularly and as a duo.
Neil Hamon uses photographs of basketball players from the 1930s and 40s as his base for this suite. He removes the numbers and letters from their uniforms, fading out the spectators, and then applying platinum and gold leaf in a traditional technique often seen in religious works. However, in this secular setting, the combination of the bursts of light and the anachronistic figures creates a tension and expectation of the unknown.
Sam Messenger’s suite of drawings uses only straight ruled lines to create the illusion of curved, even moving shapes. Relying only on the different angles and thickness of each line, Messenger’s small drawings achieve a mesmerizing effect.
Boo Saville’s watercolors can seem as though each is a single color at first. However, as the viewer spends time looking, the colors appear to fade in and out, and to shimmer as the transitions between hues subtly shifts under Saville’s masterful hand.
Thomas Witte has based his suite on found 35mm slides of airports form the 1970s. The close-ups of anonymous groups of people waiting on the runway harken back to a more romantic time of air travel, while also pointing out the obsolescence of his source material.