Reviews of Childish Things book by Los Angeles artists Davis & DavisSwag
by Mat Gleason
Coagula Art Journal
issue #70 Oct., 2004:
the good book: from annuals to manuals
Step Inside Design
Vol. 20 No. 5, Sept./Oct., 2004:
Los Angeles Magazine
Vol. 4 Issue 2, 2004:
Top Ten: Reasons We Still Play With Toys
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Sept. 11, 2004:
The Davises are a professional photographic team, as well as wife and husband, who live and work in Los Angeles. This collection of photos - lost dolls and toys, recovered by the photographers and posed in weirdly offbeat scenes - is a sort of paean to the darker moments of childhood.
Childhood isn't what it used to be. In the arts, it's dark and complex.
by Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, November 17, 2004:
Husband-and-wife photographers Davis & Davis use generic dime-store dolls and props to create their woozily colored "Childish Things" images that run from impish to teasing to sinister. Baby dolls tumble from windows and plunge perilously off their high chairs. In one panel of "The Kissers" diptych, a young boy and girl shyly experiment; in the other, with both plastic hands demurely tucked in their plastic pockets, the two boys nuzzle while the girl looks on. A selection of the photographs were on view recently at the Heather Marx Gallery; the "Childish Things" book is published by Santa Monica Press.
"The Kissers" diptych from Davis & Davis' Childish Things runs from impish to teasing to sinister.
#316 January 2005