Davis Cone
January 6 – February 11, 2006
Opening Reception:  Friday, January 6, 7-9pm

Forum Gallery
8069 Beverly Blvd. (at Crescent Heights Blvd.), Los Angeles, California 90046
Contact: Niccolò Brooker/Marvella Muro
Telephone: (323) 655-1550, Fax: (323) 655-1565
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Davis Cone, Radio City, 2002, acrylic on canvas, 28 7/8 x 33 1/4 inches.

Los Angeles, CA - On January 6, 2006, Forum Gallery will present an exhibition of recent paintings by one of America’s foremost realist artists, Davis Cone. On view will be eight luminous and startlingly precise paintings of Art Deco movie theatres, created by the artist from 2001to 2005. In these extraordinary works, Davis Cone meticulously captures the architectural grandeur of each theatre and what it represents to our collective subconscious. Cone reverently documents these American cultural icons, capturing their importance and majesty in vivid detail.
Since the 1970’s, Davis Cone has focused exclusively on theatres that become the architectural focus of the streets where they appear. Their marquees jut out over sidewalks and the neon of their signs reduce nearby lights to comparative dimness. In their surroundings, the theatres are unique in providing the center of life to each location, yet they seem to belong, to feel comfortable, precisely where they are. To imagine each scene Cone depicts without its theatre is impossible. His compositions provide a seamless fit, a perfect balance of horizontal and vertical, of plane and void, of tone and color.
Davis Cone’s subjects give us much to discuss, from the history of the motion picture in America to one’s earliest memories of going to the movies. Cone himself talks about these elements as providing the "atmosphere" of his art. Davis Cone paints from photographs, but his intention is to create an image that only the human eye can "see." To accomplish this, he takes dozens of pictures of the entire setting, zooming in on the buildings adjacent to the theatre, and even further on architectural details. Through a complex "re-translation process," he weaves together a completely focused image, free of the inherent qualities and distortions of a camera’s optics. The result is as if seen by a person through the glassy surface of a window. Cone evokes a sense of place, of time of day, of temperature and atmosphere. The viewer feels that he is at the scene at the moment when the painting is completed.

Davis Cone was born 1950 in Augusta, Georgia. He currently resides in Miami Beach, Florida. He studied at the University of Georgia in Athens and Mercer University in Macon, Georgia where he received his BA. In 1977, Cone began exhibiting in Augusta; by 1981, his work was shown in Tokyo, Lisbon, Madrid and Nuremberg as well as many major American cities. Davis Cone’s work is included in many public and private collections including the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Lawrence Kasdan, Beverly Hills, CA; and Steven Spielberg, Los Angeles, CA among others.

Davis Cone: Recent Works
opens with a reception for the artist on January 6, 2006 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and will be on view through February 11, 2006. A full color catalogue with an essay by Carter Ratcliff will accompany the exhibition.

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