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Reify/Deify: Davin Watne
March 20, 2015 - April 25, 2015
Reify/Deify is a new exhibition by Davin Watne at Plug Projects consisting of an amalgamation of sculpture, installation, drawing and collage that seeks to maintain a relationship to veneration and ritual. Watne’s interests lie in the relations between various mythologies, the unhinging of cultural programming and the process of essentializing heterogeneity.
Reify/Deify moves between neo-capitalist consumer advertising aesthetics, Northwest Coast Native American visual forms and stream of consciousness drawing to generate a ritual-like space. These works are open-ended and avoid advocating a specific ideology; instead they seek to encourage a level of sensitivity to experiences beyond our understanding and into the realm of the extraordinary.
Watne says about his work, “I am interested in the aesthetics of power, authority and desire as constructed by governing systems. This awareness pushes me to develop visual means of resistance. In my practice I communicate images and experiences that are visceral and symbolic in nature, ultimately creating new visual lexicons that combat the prevailing modes of signification.”
About the Artist
Davin Watne is an artist based in Kansas City with an established record of professional achievement. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1994 and his MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. He has been awarded the Charlotte Street Foundation Award, ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, Avenue of Arts Municipal Arts Grant, Art in the Loop Public Arts Grant and a former resident of the Studios Inc. Residency Program. Davin holds a full time lecturer position at University of Missouri Kansas City, where he teaches Painting and Drawing. Davin is also the head curator and director of the UMKC Gallery of Art. www.davinwatne.com