Tim Davis

Bohen Foundation

It has been argued that all artists are political: They either fight the system (the art establishment, the government, the structure of society) explicitly in their work, or support it implicitly by remaining voiceless. Tim Davis presents a third possibility. Traveling the country like Robert Frank did in the 1950s (a conservative era that’s become a touchstone for our own), he photographed objects and people in a variety of settings: a gun show at a mall, a communist summer camp, political rallies. Titling the series “My Life in Politics” (2002–), he places himself as an observer rather than a direct participant.

Installed at the Bohen Foundation, Davis’s photographs form an exhibition-cum-diary, with images accompanied by fragments of text reproduced in a “newspaper” about the show. Rather than explain the images, Davis offered imagistic, psychological background material. The photograph

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