new-york

Jeff Davis

Kerry Schuss / KS Art

Sitting astride a giant, wailing, red-and-yellow severed head is a green-skinned naked man sporting an enormous erection. This supersize organ curves upward to support a cloud or platform on which is perched another head of the same size and color as the first. Hovering above this is a blue-skinned man who, while urinating freely, proffers a third head that spits blood into the gaping mouth of a fourth nearby. And holding this is a fifth and final head, bright green and equipped with arms that project from where its ears should be.

In most circles the subject of this untitled drawing from 2004 would be considered notably unusual, but in Jeff Davis’s New York solo debut at KS Art, such Rabelaisian pileups were disconcertingly commonplace. A tastefully installed selection of delicate watercolors, fine colored-pencil drawings, and small, pedestal-mounted wax sculptures, “My Deep Dark Pain is

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