Nina Johnson will dedicate a solo exhibition to the hyper-realistic paintings of Rob Davis. The artist’s meticulously crafted interior scenes and details feel familiar and yet oddly unreal. Their non-hierarchical mixture of everyday subjects, from a rotary telephone to an empty bed to a vinyl record collection, echoes the fragmented nature of memory. This seemingly happenstance selection of images reflects the artist’s ongoing exploration of his childhood memories growing up in a working-class home in Norfolk, Virginia. Davis interrogates his personal experiences and the construction of his own identity in tandem with the larger formation of American identity.
About the Gallery
Founded by Nina Johnson in 2007, the eponymous Nina Johnson gallery is both a pillar of Miami’s contemporary art community and an internationally recognized art space known for its eclectic and intuitive program. The gallery has produced renowned exhibitions by a diverse range of emerging and established artists from around the world, including Judy Chicago, Awol Erizku, Rochelle Feinstein, Derek Fordjour, Emmett Moore, Woody De Othello, and Katie Stout. Nina Johnson is dedicated to the discovery of hidden pockets of talent and divergence in the art world, priding itself on artist-driven relationships that center on authenticity and variety.
Rob Davis, Bed, 2022. Watercolor on paper, 8.5 x 11 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson Gallery
Rob Davis, Patti Smith, 2022. Graphite on paper, 8.5 x 8.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson Gallery
Rob Davis, Phone, 2022. Oil on linen, 36 x 26 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson Gallery
Rob Davis, Records, 2022. Oil on linen, 36 x 36 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson Gallery