Friday, July 13, 2007

Delightful Too Nice Review

From Atlanta's Creative Loafing:
Delightful Too: Mutual admiration

Minneapolis artists Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis


Published 07.11.07

Delightful Too, the Young Blood Gallery exhibition of work by Minneapolis artists Amy Rice and Jennifer Davis, is infused with a friendly, two-peas-in-a-pod vibe. Like best friends sitting down to paint each others' toenails or to read racy excerpts from Harold Robbins novels, there is a charming sense of play and intimacy in this collaborative exhibition of two women who share a fascination with vintage advertisements, girl culture, birds and bunnies, sprinkle cupcakes, retro colors, and a snarky take on the past.

Favoring juicy hues of peach, melon, sea-foam green and salmon pink, Rice and Davis also share an obvious delight in riffing on each others' creations. Almost every work in the show offers a nod to the other artist, with one of Rice's artworks invariably "inspired by" one of Davis' and vice versa. The way the artists play off of each other's work evokes the bonds that often form in female friendships with their similar rhythms of back-and forth admiration and borrowing.

Rice's work is the more graphic and visibly street-art-inspired of the two. Rice works with spray paint, acrylics and the fat, black borders of stencils. Her paintings blend the look of ads from 1940s women's magazines; an irreverent, female take on street art; and a touch of Henry Darger kink. Though her clunkier technique and more garish palette can often compare unfavorably with Davis', at its best Rice's work offers poignant evocations of both the look and the emotional texture of the past. Her re-creation of the kind of barter system practiced in childhood in the self-explanatory "You Can Hold the Bunny If I Can Wear the Mask" is a good example of the artist's loaded content.

Davis tends to work on a smaller scale, using collage, painting and drawing to create surreal little vignettes. A popular motif is human bodies with animal heads and a visual style that seems to borrow from the 1970s at some moments and the '40s at others. A typically satisfying mix of color and content is the creepy "Birthday Party," in which Davis' bright, chirpy color palette extends to the seasick hues of the children's faces.

Davis' work is fascinatingly rich in both its cultural borrowings and its air of decadence mixed with preciousness.

Delightful Too. Through July 27. Young Blood Gallery, 629 Glenwood Ave. Wed. and Fri., noon-6 p.m.; Thurs., noon-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. 404-627-0393.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

picture within a picture

"Forecast" by Amy Rice
"Girl with Poster with Elephant with Owl" by Jennifer Davis (Inspired by "Forecast" by Amy Rice)

Monday, June 18, 2007

pink boots

Hot by Amy Rice
Boots by Jennifer Davis (Inspired by Hot by Amy Rice)

row and rake

Paper Boat by Amy Rice
(Inspired by Tidy by Jennifer Davis)
Tidy by Jennifer Davis


Game by Jennifer Davis
Masked Dance by Amy Rice (Inspired by Game by Jennifer Davis)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

off to atlanta!

We are shipping our collaborative efforts to Youngblood Gallery in Atlanta, GA tomorrow.

Compassion by Amy Rice
Let Go by Jennifer Davis (inspired by Compassion by Amy Rice)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

three girls

Birthday Party Pony by Amy Rice
Favorite Bird by Jennifer Davis (Inspired by Birthday Party Pony by Amy Rice)

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Friday, June 08, 2007


crow mask
by Amy Rice

Inspired by "crow mask" by Amy Rice
by Jennifer Davis

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

pretty dressy.

make a wish
by amy rice

by jennifer davis
(inspired by "make a wish" by amy rice)

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Saturday, May 26, 2007

We love birthdays

Birthday Cupcake by Amy Rice, inspired by Birthday by Jennifer Davis.

Red Cats by Jennfier Davis, inspired by Birthday Cupcake by Amy Rice.

Saturday, April 21, 2007