“Davidson has maintained an intrigue with the found object over the years culminating in the production of superior assembled artwork. The ironical, whimsical and extraordinary qualities of the found objects presents a humorous dialogue, playful spirit and contemplative response to our culture through the iconography and processes of (de)constructed assemblage.”
-William C. Maxwell, Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, NY
“…Davidson’s found objects have Surrealist tendencies and have perfected skills at assembling some of the sorriest looking junk one might ever come across.”
-D. Dominick Lombardi, ART REVIEWS, NY Times
“Expressing a social/environmental reunification through transformation, Davidson’s works rejuvenate discarded and lifeless objects with new purpose, interactions and dependencies.”
-Al Oernsanz, Orensanz Foundation, NYC
“…. It’s about viewing what’s around us differently; about one man making sense of the world he’s inhabited and personalizing its discarded objects. Most of all, it’s about richness. Davidson’s assemblage aesthetic, more than anything, invigorates that sense of beauty. His works of art seem to shine despite their rust, their diverse patinas of decay. For a moment, one can almost hear them whisper… ‘We’re still alive.’”
-Paul Smart, Woodstock Times
“The amazing interrelationships of Davidson’s discoveries result in highly involving abstract to literal constructions.’”
-Dick Pollich, Polich Tallix, Rock Tavern, NY
“An apt description of artist CHARLES DAVIDSON is that of an archeo-recycler who uses his finds as a palette. The textures, forms and subjects of his discoveries stimulate his artistic ingenuity.
“Objects from the past involve our senses, old things smell old,” says DAVIDSON.
The patinas and aromas that only time can paint are reference points on the ARCHEOART and AMERICAN ARCHIVES time lines, adding perspective to the works. The palette consists of unearthed objects, natural and man-made, in various stages of decomposition. Time, environment and circumstance integrate the objects through oxidation, mineralization and deterioration. “The aging of these material exposed to the elements is a transitional process, a form of deconstruction… eventually returning most things to their original and mutual elements… again becoming one with the earth.” says DAVIDSON.
One of his first constructions, RUST, grew from a fascination with the design and textural quality, as well as social significance of once utilitarian objects… scissors,nails, eyeglasses, now discarded and rusting away. Another began with a sensitive poem from a woman to her granddaughter found in a turn-of-the-century diary. The construction became a four-dimensional depiction of the contents of such a woman’s life. He sees it as a kind of portrait. While the constructions seem to have a spontaneous quality, they are in fact precisely planned and controlled.
Davidson began his formal art education in 1958 with a scholarship to Otis Art Institute and graduated Art Center College of Design six years later. A prestigious New York advertising art director and creative director, Davidson returned to Art Center twelve years later as Chairman of Advertising Design and Graphic Arts. -IDEA MAGAZINE, Japan