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Davina Semo: Core Reflections

Gallery 1



Installation view: Core Reflections - 29 January - 28 June 2020 - di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA.



Blush, 2020 powder coated galvanized steel chain, powder coated stainless steel nails; 70 x 87 inches



Installation view: Core Reflections - 29 Janurary - 28 June 2020 - di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA.



Installation view of: Emerge, 2020 Acrylic mirror, woven stainless steel, PolyJet 3D-printed opaque VeroWhite resin, stainless steel, plywood, hardware; 48.5 × 60.5 inches



Detail of: Emerge, 2020 Acrylic mirror, woven stainless steel, PolyJet 3D-printed opaque VeroWhite resin, stainless steel, plywood, hardware; 48.5 × 60.5 inches



Hollow, 2019 polished and patinated cast bronze; 23 3/4 x 17 inches



Flow, 2019 polished and patinated cast bronze; 16 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches



Hollow, 2019 polished and patinated cast bronze; 23 3/4 x 17 inches



Hollow, 2019 polished and patinated cast bronze; 23 3/4 x 17 inches



Installation view: Core Reflections - 29 January - 28 June 2020 - di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA.



Installation view of: Cluster, 2020 Acrylic mirror, woven stainless steel, PolyJet 3D-printed opaque VeroWhite resin, stainless steel, plywood, hardware; 48.5 × 60.5 inches



Installation view: Core Reflections - 29 January - 28 June 2020 - di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA.



Installation view of: Drop, 2020 Patinated cast bronze bells, UV-protected two-stage catalyzed urethane, stainless steel chain and hardware, polyurethane clapper; Bells: 7.75 × 5.75 × 5.75 inches each, overall dimensions variable



Installation view of: Drop, 2020 Patinated cast bronze bells, UV-protected two-stage catalyzed urethane, stainless steel chain and hardware, polyurethane clapper; Bells: 7.75 × 5.75 × 5.75 inches each, overall dimensions variable



Installation view of: Drop, 2020 Patinated cast bronze bells, UV-protected two-stage catalyzed urethane, stainless steel chain and hardware, polyurethane clapper; Bells: 7.75 × 5.75 × 5.75 inches each, overall dimensions variable



Core Reflections di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa, CA 29 Janurary - 28 June 2020


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EXHIBITION BROCHURE

Davina Semo MessengerDavina Semo, Messenger, 2019, polished and patinated cast bronze bell, whipped nylon line, wooden clapper, powder-coated chain, hardware, bell: 32 inches tall x 13 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable. Photo: John Wilson White. Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, and the artist.
Generator, 2019 | Polished and patinated cast bronze bell, powder-coated chain and hardware, polyurethane clapper bell: 34.5 inches tall x 13 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable | Video, Hugo Corro
Transmitter, 2019 | Polished and patinated cast bronze bell, powder-coated chain and hardware, polyurethane clapper bell: 22 inches tall x 9.5 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable | Video, Hugo Corro

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Davina Semo’s exhibition Core Reflections marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series. The San Francisco-based artist works across two and three dimensions, often utilizing industrial materials that examine tensions between nature, society and the self. Her project for di Rosa considers the unique setting of Gallery 1 in relation to the landscape as well as its siting as a point of public assembly. Semo’s past works have looked to the urban environment for inspiration, much like key Beat era funk artists such as Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, and Jay DeFeo, among others, that found potential in the overlooked, abject materials of the everyday, and defined the rise of Northern California assemblage in sculpture and collage of the 1950s and 1960s. 
Semo’s commission for di Rosa inverts this lens by drawing on the surrounding industrial architecture of the gallery space amidst the expansiveness of the natural Northern California terrain just outside. Building on her more recent series of wall based works and suspended wax cast bronze bells that both invite and implicate the viewer through their highly polished reflective surfaces, Semo’s commission highlights the porous confines of di Rosa’s glass encased exhibition space, offering up a moment for viewers to examine themselves within the uncertainty of exterior forces. 
Recent travels to Greece have inspired the artist’s emphasis on the Gallery 1 platform as an entry point for the viewer, conjuring the concept of the ancient agora, or an open public gathering space. Within this, we encounter a number of Semo’s substantial bells which hang by a variety of industrial grade chains, inviting viewers to walk around their forms and engage in their utility as instruments for expressing a call to attention. Two sets of wall-based works surround the gallery space: one continuing the artist’s explorations of warped, luminous surfaces that recall domestic mirrors, and in turn, our own visages; and the other, an entirely new exploration of acrylic and woven metal mesh substrates tethered with 3D printed casts of the sensuous skyfruit mahogany seed pod.
Taken as a whole, Semo’s assembly of works for di Rosa creates a subtle yet ecstatic mode of corporeal engagement by prompting a reevaluation of our contemporary mindset ruled by anxieties and unease. Core Reflections invites sustained moments of introspection and contemplation within the permeable precipice of built and organic space. 
About the Artist
Davina Semo (b. 1981, Washington, DC) earned her BA at Brown University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. Semo has shown extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco) and Marlborough Chelsea (New York). Group exhibitions include Hair and Skin at Derek Eller Gallery (New York), TOUCHPIECE at Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles) and Show Me as I Want to Be Seen at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). Davina Semo lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Semo is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Marlborough Gallery (New York), and Ribordy Thetaz (Geneva).

Conversation Pieces Opening Reception

Gallery 1

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art presents

𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙞𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙨

Davina Semo: Core Reflections
Gallery 1 | January 29–June 28, 2020

Jim Drain: Membrane
Gallery 1 | February 19–December 27, 2020

Join us as we celebrate the launch of two new exhibitions:

Davina Semo: 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 highlights a new body of work by the San Francisco–based artist that considers the unique setting of Gallery 1 in relation to the landscape. Combining industrial materials and natural forms, it underscores the precarious state of the environment and offers a contemplative space for self-reflection.

Jim Drain: 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘦 is the Providence-based artist’s first solo commission in Northern California. This fully interactive yearlong installation connects visitors with a lineage of countercultural dreamers who deployed craft and handwork to build a more democratic and inclusive world.

𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘴 showcases newly commissioned works by emerging and mid-career artists who spark dialogue with the artistic legacy of Northern California. This series continues di Rosa’s ongoing interest in supporting the production of new work, and is notable for expanding the organization’s programmatic scope to include artists working both in and outside of the Bay Area.

RSVP ONLINE

For more information, contact visit@dirosaart.org or 707.226.5991 x25

NOTE: Beginning January 29, enjoy free visit early access to di Rosa’s Gallery 1 and view Davina Semo’s completed installation, 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 as well as a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of the Jim Drain’s new immersive program hub mid-installation, in anticipation of the opening reception for Conversation Pieces in Gallery 1, scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Sunday, February 23, access to the Courtyard and Sculpture Meadow begins. After a visit to Gallery 1, accompany one of our informative docents to the upper grounds for even more inspiration. (read more about 2020 tours & access)