10¢, still good, 2003
15 1/2" x 19 1/2" image on 16" x 20" paper
Signed and numbered edition of 50
(American, b. 1969)
Tim Davis’s series My Life in Politics depicts the detritus of our civic involvement as pop culture: buttons, bumper stickers, cardboard cutouts and handmade signs compete with myriad other trappings of capitalism. In this image, Davis quotes the political climate experienced by older generations, pointing to the enduring idealism of grass roots campaigning. Ultimately, he offers little judgment and no partisanship, presenting the political landscape as divisive, muddled and sometimes unresolved.
Tim Davis studied photography at Bard College, graduating in 1991, and received an MFA from Yale University in 2001. Davis has since had solo shows in Brussels, Geneva, London, Milan, and New York, including a recent exhibition at the Bohen Foundation, New York. His work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Milwaukee Museum of Art; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Baltimore Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Davis is the author of three books of photographs, My Life in Politics (Aperture), Permanent Collection, (Nazraeli Press), and Lots (Coromandel Express). He currently resides in New York and teaches photography at Bard College.