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August 6 – September 17, 2016

Davis Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of new works by Austin based abstract artists Joseph Hammer and David Hefner. Both artists are known for an intense exploration of their own unique brand of color, repetition, and pattern. HAMMER/HEFNER will feature simultaneously, a continuation of their career pursuits, as well as new perspectives on their signature media.

When describing his process, Joseph Hammer often uses language suggesting he focuses on his own intuition, emotion, and wonder while developing his collages fashioned out of discarded books. His work plays heavily on the viewer's emotions by subtly suggesting certain phrases or words, hidden in the almost sculptural layers of the canvas, leather, cardboard and paper of his dismantled book covers.

David Hefner's work regularly begins with a concept derived from Art History or the Sciences that he pursues through research and experimentation that most often manifests in intense coloration within the abstraction and fluidity of woodgrain patterns. If successful, the viewer opens to their subconscious thought and hopefully enters a realm of dream recovery. Hefner’s wish is that within the exploration a desire is raised to explore and connect with elusive elements and emotions, such as the complexities inherent in theoretical physics or in one painting - an all out attempt to paint pure "joy".

This page is only a sample of the work in this exhibition. Please contact the gallery for information on other work, and for information on specific pieces.


Joseph Hammer




David Hefner


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