Abstract Critical

Sam Cornish on space in Francis Davison’s collages

“As a comparison between the work of 1971 and the rest of the exhibition indicates, his work grew increasingly unrestricted (though he still worked within a narrow range) and increasingly complex, able to contain and make coherent a large variety of spaces and structures. However it would be wrong to think of his collages as consisting of a whole, complete space. Rather, here spaces exist on a micro level and variously open up between small number of parts within localized areas of each collage; as our attention shifts (or as we move nearer or further away) different of these local intimations of space are revealed. As wholes the collages remain flat, though it is a flatness that gains force through the way in which its clear design can marshal and make singular the various spaces and complex structures of which it consists.”

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