Tim Davis was born in Blantyre, Malawi (1969) and lives and works in Tivoli, New York. His series "The New Antiquity," is comprised of photographs of the suburbs of ancient capital cities in Italy and China as well as modern metropolises in the United States. These images, taken with a large-format camera, are complex and open to interpretation, so-called “creative non-fiction." Time merges in these images; buildings and objects seem to be decaying into what Davis calls “a soon to be ancient past." Davis' more recent body of work, "The Upstate New York Olympics," shot in HD video, is the artist's personal and often humorous investigation of the cultural impact of competitive sports. Exploring his local Hudson Valley landscape, Davis invents new sporting events, like the “Lawn Jockey Leap Frog" and the “Trash Day Knife Toss,” and then performs them for the video camera, where as the only athlete he lacks competition. Davis received a B.A. from Bard College (where he currently teaches), an M.F.A. from Yale University. Solo exhibitions include Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY; Jay Jopling / White Cube, London; the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL. Several monographs of his work have been published including, The New Antiquity and Permanent Collection. He is the recipient of the 2007-2008 Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize and the 2005 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award. His work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Walker Art Center, among many others.
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