Davion Alston

2020/2021 Working Artist Project fellowship with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia

This round of Working Artist Projects was curated by Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

About the Exhibition

“Not necessarily knowing how to love, I collect thoughtfully like a bird of paradise and create out of the desire to be loved. I use still-life and assemblage to build worlds that reflect the constraints during this time of isolation and distance. This allows for my work to be more intimate, quiet, and collective.

Another Bird of Paradise is a nest of instilled moments from yester-years rush of events such as the health crisis, protests, and loss. I reproduce moments from past bodies of works to inform and collapse current realities. I then layer and interweave a sense of time that has passed through moments of fleeting motion and casts of elongated shadows. My memories are fragmented like windows of passing time or soft moments of stillness. I succumb and accept these works as a constant process of doing, undoing, and longing.

Currently my ideas have started exploring outward towards utopic themes such as the desire to gather whether it is to memorialize, protest, or celebrate. I question the reasons for us as humans to be in one unison striving for collective liberation.”

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