Lisa Corinne Davis: Turbulent Terrain

January 20- February 24, 2018

Reception: Friday, January 26 from 5-7PM.
Artist Lecture: 7PM, Saint Joseph’s Auditorium, 985 Madison Avenue

Abstract Paintings Explore Underlying Sociopolitical Narratives at The Esther Massry Gallery

The Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose presents the exhibition “Turbulent Terrain” by New York artist Lisa Corinne Davis, featuring paintings that explore themes of racial, social and psychological identity. The exhibition is accompanied by an essay written by Nancy Princenthal, noted American critic and contributing editor for Art in America magazine and is entitled, “How to Be Both: Recent Paintings by Lisa Corinne Davis.”

The exhibit opens Saturday, January 20, from noon to 5 p.m. and continues through Saturday, February 24, at the Esther Massry Gallery, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany, New York. Gallery hours are: Monday–Saturday noon–5 p.m., Wednesday–Thursday noon–8 p.m., closed Sunday. The gallery will be open 1st Friday, February 2 from noon–9 p.m.

A gallery reception will be held Friday, January 26, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The artist will present a talk at 7 p.m. in Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Ave., Albany, New York. These events are free and open to the public.

Occupying a point somewhere between abstraction and figuration, cartooning and cartography, Lisa Corinne Davis’ paintings explore themes of racial, social and psychological identity. Over the course of her distinguished career, Davis has painted abstractions which adhere to the surface of the picture plane. Layered grids constitute the foundation of her compositions, which are punctuated by explosions of biomorphic color. The conjunction of these two distinctive approaches creates the tension in her paintings. Working with an aesthetic best described as the information sublime or a proliferation of data in our Digital Age, her paintings are refreshing and contemporary. Systems of order, bold patterning and map-like tropes signal the vast human imprint on the world around us. Yet, her paintings are never rigid. Rather they are energized by the chaos, pandemonium and recklessness of painted sections that defy the order of the grid.

Photo of Lisa Corinne Davis at work

Lisa Corinne Davis, photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey, courtesy of the Artist

“I am drawn to a haphazard sense of suspension and a desire to hone the language of abstract painting to visually describe the complex state of our contemporary culture,” Lisa Corinne Davis.

The paintings of Lisa Corinne Davis have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe, and can be found in many collections including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.  Lisa’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Art in America and ArtNews. She is the recipient of numerous awards including The Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, and two New York Foundation for the Arts, Visual Arts Fellowships.

Lisa has taught art for the past twenty-five years at Parsons School of Design, Cooper Union School of Art, Yale University, and is currently a full professor at Hunter College in New York.  She is represented by Spanierman Modern, New York, NY; Zolla/Lieberman, Chicago, Illinois; Galerie Gris, Hudson, New York; and The Mayor Gallery, London, England. Lisa lives and works in Brooklyn and Hudson, New York and is a contributor to the Brooklyn Rail and Art Critical. Visit


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