MARK DAVIS, mobiles

February 2 - March 1, 2018

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C O D A  GALLERY PRESENTS
MARK DAVIS • MOBILE SCULPTURES
FEB 2 - 23, 2018


PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery unveils a new exhibition of mobiles, including the debut of a new series, by artist Mark Davis. The exhibition runs Feb. 2-23, with a Feb. 2 opening reception (5-8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend) attended by the artist from Boston, Mass.

For most people, epiphanies strike when they are adults with an accumulation of life experiences. For Mark Davis, such a moment arrived when he was a 14-year-old living in Indiana and saw a picture of an Alexander Calder mobile. “I felt like it was a part of me,” he recalls. “I went to the hardware store for wire, roof flashing, and cutting shears and created a mobile like his with no knowledge of how to do it. I glued the pieces together because I didn’t know how to solder and made a beautiful copy of Calder’s Snow Flurry with white dots. My parents loved it so much that they hung it over their bed. But each night, some of the glued dots dropped off and woke them up,” he adds laughing over the imagery from his naïve beginnings. Mark continued copying Calder, but eventually found his own voice, hand-forming organic shapes and airbrushing them with color to give them three-dimensional depth. “Now my work is more like a painting in space, where everything moves and, as it moves, the shapes and colors change.”

For the first 15 years of his career as a professional artist, Mark created high-fashion, sculptural jewelry for clients such as Vogue magazine and prestigious department stores in New York City like Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. In time, he reverted back to his initial inspiration and passion: mobiles. Over the years, he has added to his repertoire to include a range of sizes of hanging and standing mobiles; then wall-mounted mobiles; and, most recently, mobiles with C-shaped arms attached to bases and measuring 2 feet around and 2 feet high. He is debuting pieces in this latest iteration of mobiles at CODA Gallery’s February exhibition. His largest work features LED-rimmed shapes and measures 70 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 10 feet tall. The installation, Healing Waters, hangs above the driveway entrance to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Another substantial commission is an outdoor sculpture, 19 feet long and 14 feet high, for the private estate of the famed Pritzker family.

Notable collectors include Gary Trudeau, Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards, Richard Chamberlain, Howard Stern, Lexus, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

The Lute Player The Lute Player
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
60 x 47 x 30 inches
 
A Warm Uplift
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
38 x 15 x 8.5 inches
SOLD
 
Cool and Calm Cool and Calm
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
5 x 8 x 5 inches
 
Unconventional Gesture
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum and brass, with steel wires, nylon cord, a
28 x 52 x 24 inches
 
Circus Trick
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
10 x 8 x 6 inches
SOLD
 
Gentle Storm Gentle Storm
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
20 x 40 x 11 inches
 
Attraction
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum and steel with nylon cord
17 x 38 x 38 inches
 
The Mountain
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum and steel with nylon cord
11 x 10 x 5 inches
 
Modulated Energy
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum and steel with nylon cord
41 x 46 x 32 inches
 
The Middle of the Century
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, with steel wire
24 x 46 x 40 inches
 
The Face in the Thicket The Face in the Thicket
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
19 x 11 x 12 inches
SOLD
 
The Future is Here The Future is Here
Oil and acrylic painted steel, aluminum, and wood
10 x 15 x 13 inches
 
Unseen Horizons Unseen Horizons
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, steel, and brass with acrylic cord
35 x 26 x 20 inches
 
The Peacock_s New Look The Peacock's New Look
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum and steel with nylon cord
33 x 29 x 19 inches
 
Summer Storm
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum and steel with nylon cord
29 x 28 x 28 inches
 
The Water Bearer The Water Bearer
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum and brass, with steel wires, nylon cord, a
19 x 21 x 8 inches
 
Sophisticated Harmony
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, steel wire, acrylic cord, 24k gold leaf
32 x 54 x 40 inches
 
Mounting Energies Mounting Energies
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, with wood base
27 x 26 x 16 inches
SOLD
 
A New Beginning A New Beginning
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
28 x 43 x 12 inches
 
Early Morning Symphony
Oil and acrylic painted aluminum, brass, and steel
30 x 48 x 8 inches
SOLD
 
Glancing at the Stars Glancing at the Stars
Mobile, painted brass/sterling silver
10 x 8 x 8 inches
 
The Garden Above The Garden Above
Mobile, painted brass/aluminum
58 x 60 x 44 inches
 
A View of Heaven A View of Heaven
Mobile, painted brass/aluminum with 23K gold leaf
19 x 19 x 21 inches
 
A New Leaf A New Leaf
Mobile, painted brass/aluminum
17 x 40 x 12 inches