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There is very little happiness and much sad repose in Bill Davis’ photographic portraits. Davis titles his exhibit “Jihad”; he is waging a holy war for truth, but he acheives attitude. His subjects are thoroughly posed and most often exude a reluctant stoical look of world-weary wisdom. His best model, who appears in several works, is a woman whose face shows the capacity for disappointment, loss, and suffering. Davis brings out her complexity in his most achiedved work, an arresting layered image in which she holds up an empty frame around her head. Her hair is scraggly and tousled, her shadowed lips are calmly despondent. Davis has swirled paint on the area surrounding her face to emphasize the chaos to which stoicism responds. (Michael Weinstein- Exhibit runs until September 7).
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