Lee Davis is on a mission to create approachable conceptual art. The local painter writes that he’s always had an appreciation for flora, fauna, and their habitats, and when his parents talked him out of becoming a paleontologist because of a potentially low salary, he decided to go to school for art.
Davis’ work is rooted in science with a good dose of humor. His latest exhibition, “OBJECTIFY//PSYENTIFICA,” is on view through Sunday, July 15, and features bright, pop-influenced animals including an octopus wielding a gun and a crab with chainsaw claws. “I attempt to pry the viewers’ attention toward my work by deliberately using bold iconographic imagery with slight comical abstractions or absurdities to initiate a 'double take,’” he writes. “Once a response is established the viewer can reflect that they did indeed see a peculiarity.”