17 June 2022 - 17 August 2022
We are thrilled to present our second exhibition—IN ZENITH—composed of works by Misha Davydov.
Misha Davydov (b. 1998, Moscow, Russia) works in photography and installation to investigate the tensions between object and representation, the material aspects of the photographic medium, as well as the constructed nature of reality. Davydov's works have been exhibited in a number of venues in Portland, Oregon, including Blue Sky Gallery, Well Well Projects, and Converge45. This summer, they have solo shows at Space Place Gallery in Nizhny Tagil, Russia; and at after / time collective gallery in Portland, Oregon. Their photographs have also been featured in publications by Booooooom and fifth wheel press. They hold a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Lewis & Clark College and will be attending UC Irvine starting Fall 2022, where they are pursuing a Master of Fine Arts.
“ These photographs are the evidence of the summer's hottest days. When the sun is at its zenith, directly overhead, any trace of the observer's presence disappears from view. In these moments, the world around might appear still and silent, but it continues being described by the shadows it casts. ”
In Zenith opens virtually at Grey State Gallery on June 17th, 2022. For the second exhibition at the online gallery, Portland-based artist Misha Davydov (they/them) presents a compelling suite of images from a larger body of work. The show's unique hosting territory via an online platform allows for a multi-sensory experience. As gallery “visitors” make their way around the rendered space, they experience autonomy in choosing how to navigate the gallery and experience each piece. The work on view is almost purely photographic – while thematically the images displayed here are outliers in terms of the artist’s conceptual and sculptural background, the root explorations of time, belonging, and identity span across their multiple disciplines.
Text by Luiza Lukova