Davina Semo “WHERE LIFE IS HAPPENING” at Lyles & King, New York
SHE WATCHES PEOPLE AS IF THEY CAN’T SEE HER WATCHING. SEVERAL DIGITAL WATCHES BEEP THE HOUR IN SYNC. HELICOPTERS THROB LIKE GIANT APPLIANCES. THE NOISE IS PITCHED TO A LEVEL OF PAIN SHE ABSORBS AS A PERSONAL TEST. SHE WORKS WELL INTO THE NIGHT––HER DESK, AN UNPAINTED TABLE COVERED WITH BOOKS.
SHE DOES NOT SPEAK OR ACT IN A NERVOUS WAY, BUT THERE IS A VIBE OF INTENSE TENSION ABOUT HER. SHE TOUCHES HIM, TOUCHES HERSELF, POINTS TOWARD THE FLOOR. “IT’S GOOD,” SHE WHISPERS. “SOMETIMES I FORGET HOW GOOD IT IS.”
Lyles & King presents a solo exhibition of new work by Davina Semo. With concrete, light, glass, metals, and leather, “WHERE LIFE IS HAPPENING” reflects on a psychological milieu in US 2015 (if you look at things with your head bent slowly just to the side, that kind of slicing- through, a low-lying mental buzz emerges). Semo’s sculptures address the environment that our bodies move through, and the subjectivity residing within the body. The negotiation between Semo’s written and visual language speaks to the indirect and sometimes confounding dialogues between the self and interpersonal/familial/environmental/professional/financial/cultural/political spheres. This is Semo’s first solo exhibition at Lyles & King.
until 15 November 2015
Davina Semo, “WHERE LIFE IS HAPPENING” installation views at Lyles & King, New York, 2015
Courtesy: the artist and Lyles & King, New York.