Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design


Current exhibit


Passing Through Ken Davis
Exhibit dates: October 4 – December 14, 2019
Artist's Reception: October 4th, 2019 from 7–11pm
part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk
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Sediments MONKEY BIRD (Paris, France)
Exhibit dates: November 1 – December 14, 2019
Opening Reception: November 1, 2019 from 7–11pm
part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk
more info...

Anno Domini presents...

Passing Through” by Ken Davis
Artist's reception: First Friday OCT 4th, 7–11pm


Ken Davis exhibit

To truly nurture the expansion of one’s soul, I believe travel has the potential to open you up like nothing else. The road has been where many of my most telling self discoveries have taken place.  Ambitions, plans, ideas, concepts, life moves all manage to enter my tiny chiseled corner in this world like monsoons of creative medicine when I travel. Though just like a monsoon, these psychic gifts from the ether have an almost certain potential to dry up just as quickly as they rain down.  

This is something that I struggle with upon returning home from the freedom and clarity that only new experiences and challenges in unfamiliar areas can provide. These “great” ideas often take a back seat once I resume a routine life in a growing industrial sea of nouveau societal norms that I was never taught in my formative years to value as real. The daily struggle to keep my nose merely inches above an ever rising water line only adds to the distracting sensory cacophony. 

Last year, while thinking about how few real excuses I actually had for not painting exactly what I wanted to in my free time, I set out to catalog and paint what came to me in travel. Countless influences from my past and present began to rain down in a monsoon that I enthusiastically welcomed. Family heritage, life changing experiences, perspective  altering sights, and of course the beautiful individuals one meets in travel all contributed to this medicine cloud. This body of work represented in “Passing Through” is a direct interpretation of being present whatever came my way while outside my comfort zones. We all must take it upon ourselves to look beyond fleeting distractions, systematic flaws and oppressions, and alarmist illusions to act upon our intuitive truths. Weave your own direct paths through life and create everything you feel compelled to without hesitation or doubt.  

~ Ken Davis August, 2019 / Somewhere in the desert.

Artist's reception: Friday OCT 4th, 7–11pm
part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk

Exhibition dates: October 4–December 14, 2019

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Anno Domini presents...

Sediments an exhibition by MONKEY BIRD (Paris, France)
Artists' reception: First Friday November 1, 2019 7–11pm


“Le Colosse Aux Pieds d’Argile” (Colossus with Feet of cClay), Nanterre, FranceCcelebrating the 50th anniversary of May 1968. 20m x 7m, handcut stencils.In collaboration with Musée du Louvre and Université Paris Nanterre.

Artists’ reception in galleryTWO: Sediments by Monkey Bird (Paris, France)

Monkey Bird, an anonymous French contemporary artist duo, began their work in Bordeaux in 2010 and have been leaving their signature all around the world ever since.

They are known for using symbolic anthropomorphism in their artworks, transcribing social and anthropologic enigmas into mural art.

Their work is based on elaborate symbolism, as well as an ideal notion of artists as craftsmen. They have established specialized practices in hand crafted stencil artwork and also use mixed medias such as spray painting, drawing, carving, silkscreen, and engraving.

The aim of the duo, through the figures of the pragmatic monkey and the utopist bird, is to incarnate the two faces of humankind split between their materialistic obsessions and their spiritual values.

Monkey Bird loves working on antique furniture, old walls, and abandoned ruins.In this way they offer a second breath of life to the oblivion, to consolidate the chain which links us to the past.

Prior to their current projects on the walls of museums and institutions, both artists worked on the street (which is where they first met). One of them was looking for a change in his graffiti and the other a change in framework and identity. The symbols came to them naturally, which were primarily an instinctive need. They have matured their concept with practice and common reflection, giving their approach an intellectual note.

Members of the crew are university graduates with degrees in graphic design and industrial object design. In their work, a search for balance of wisdom is visible as their goal is to become the alchemists of the living desire. The artists are inspired by art history, antique craftsmanship, monumental architecture, mythology, and religious artworks.

“Sediments” by Monkey Bird at Anno Domini is the duo’s debut solo exhibition in the United States.

Artists' reception: Friday NOV 1st, 7–11pm
part of the South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk
The First Friday reception features DJ T.Spillman spinning vinyl throughout the evening in the gallery.

Exhibition dates: November 1–December 14, 2019

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