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Taylor Davis

Samson Projects

In Taylor Davis’s recent exhibition at Samson Projects, low cratelike forms with peepholes and slightly gaping panels; objects resembling drawers fallen out of a dresser; an unsteady, solitary eight-foot plywood phallus; and hay bales caged by wood or silver fabric made up a loose grid on the floor. Untitled, 2005, containing one bale of sweet timothy like a chicken in a roomy coop is paired with Farmer’s Daughter 2, 2005, a crate built tightly around another bale. Together they exemplify the themes of containment and control that ran through the show. Jackie Winsor’s cubes-with-apertures are a point of reference here, but Davis is working with the specific social meanings and forms of the functional structures of barnyard and bedroom rather than with the iconography of a monolithic Minimalism.

Untitled, 2005, one of the aforementioned “dresser drawers,” lies upended at the back of the

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