2007 : Untitled (Inside); Untitled (Outside)
Jay Davis’s project assembles mobiles constructed from a group of collages created as part of a group process by the artist with 13 teenagers from the Clinton Middle school in Chelsea. Davis initiated the process by asking the students to take photographs of their living spaces, focusing on what they saw when looking out from those spaces and had them select one image from these many views and make a contour drawing of several objects in that photograph.
All the drawings were converted into adhesive vinyl facsimiles. Students were asked to select one to keep and then each young artist made a collage of the 13 other vinyl drawings onto his or her own. “In the end, instead of each creating something solely from their own memory, and aesthetic, the students ended up with something involving a part of each , taking their personal effects and memories into a larger conversation with each others,” Jay Davis recalls.
Untitled (Inside); Untitled (Outside) was exhibited at the Miami Art Space in the Wynwood Art District (Miami) for Art Basel Miami Beach in 2007.Funding for this project has been provided in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The NYC Council, and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation.