Dollar General Drive By, 2012. Photography by Tom Legrady
Tim Davis - Tivoli, USA
Dollar General Drive By, 2011
121 - Emily Street and King Street West
(West of University Avenue)
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
Chronicling scenarios, minor objects and fragments of the present, artist Tim Davis explores the substance
of ephemera and the overlooked. Dollar General Drive By is a poetic documentation of contemporary landscapes
and their transformation. Created from slow drive - bys filmed in western New York State that record the
illuminated presence of discount stores – always the same franchise, always aglow – the passage
of Dollar General Drive By captures a historic shift reflected in the banal repetition of small town
streetscapes of the depressed region, as well as the social role played by such sites for communities.
As Davis himself has put it, he is a - photographer who sees unintended derangements of objects, illuminating
everyday social landscapes. Like his earlier work on small - town commercial interests in Retail and
his photographs of mundane suburban spaces in cities internationally that comprise his recent New Antiquity
series, Dollar General Drive By is a record of changing economic times, and unexpected photographic
intentions. Interested in how people find meaning in unremarkable architectures not designed to be noticed,
Davis reveals in the margins an underlying poetics of urban spaces.
Artist Biography: Tim Davis lives in New York where he teaches at Bard College. Davis received a BA from
Bard College and an MFA from Yale University. He has had solo shows in Brussels, Milan, Geneva, Los Angeles,
New York, London, Knoxville, and Chicago, and has published three books of photography. Recipient of
the 2007 - 2008 Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize and 2005 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award, his work
is in collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, and Walker
Art Center, among others.