Griffin Hart Davis studied fine art and photography at Brevard College, and has been working with Exum Photography in Elon for the past five years. He uses film for his photographs as he feels something gets lost in the digital translation. His first video production, a music video for Citizen Shade’s “Thank You for Your Time”, can be seen on his website, www.griffinhartdavis.com.
Describe your personal artistic style in your own words.
I love to pull together the abstract elements to create something that’s either thought-provoking or has a story to it. Usually these pieces have something to do with multiple contrasting elements that create an alternate universe. I want my viewer to see my work and have to stop and be emotionally involved from the get-go. On the other side, a lot of my work is pairing up with other artists, mostly musicians and actors. These folks have a craft of their own, and that craft needs to be visualized. I look at it as compounding art. For example, for a blues musician, we might find more soothing tangible and light elements that are going to suggest the sound of blues to help showcase that person’s work.
Where can we see some of your work?
The majority of my work is platformed on my personal site, www.griffinhartdavis.com. I’m also hoping to set up some gallery showings in the next year, and those will be announced on my site.
What is your favorite production from the past year?
I can’t say that there’s only one. These ideas come into mind and you get really excited about them, but usually I’ve been thinking about them for about three months by the time they make it to my site. There are some that I look back and think “Oh I really love that!” I think “Plaskin Contrast” is one that sticks out to me, that’s on my site. That particular segment was nice because it dealt with simple elements, plastic and skin.
Where do you see your art taking you in the future?
In the past year and a half I’ve seen myself growing into more of a director role. I’m making a leap in this point in time to the bigger production side of things, to bigger projects in general. I have this one idea, that’s been in the works for three years. This piece has to do with contrasting elements and wrapping structures in different colors of plastic. One of my ideas is to wrap the Jefferson Pilot building in plastic and take a photo of it so it looks like this element that’s out of place. So you’re obstructing the city and creating this dreamscape that people don’t really know what they’re looking at.