BOBBY DAVIDSON: PARASITIC CAPACITANCE

In connection with Bobby Davidson's online Viewing Room, Parasitic Capacitance, F18 Magazine is excited to feature the artist's own writings discussing this expansive new body of work.  Exploring themes of technology, relationships and the human experience, Davidson has formed a collection of works that conceptually and aesthetically address the complexity of our current moment in history.

Through technology, Davidson has built a platform, which captures a macro-observation of life driven by digital media.  Amongst the regular inundation of images, information, media and news, he plays with this duality of worlds by creating the architecture of connecting the physical with the non-physical.  Behind pieces such as 4K, 2018, a hyper-realist painting of a roll of US 100-dollar bills, Davidson directly bridges painting, the human hand, and the transfer of a fixed image to another medium.  By doing so, this process parallels the augmentation of our current reality, unlocking the ability to live within a multidimensional world.

As an artist at large, and also within Parasitic Capacitance, Davidson has created a series of links extending from one artwork to another that eludes any one particular artistic label.  For Davidson, there is no straight path, he creatively explores all accessible avenues, and with that takes his viewers into an even more expansive visual world. - Sam Trioli


If you look at the back of an OLED screen, what's on the other side? As we find ourselves increasingly feeling more alone, we wonder, could technology perhaps be an assault on our empathy or an opening to a more expansive world? Parasitic Capacitance is an exploration of comprehensive tools that create the performative experience of our everyday screen-based lives as we can begin to consider technology as an extension of the human realm and how we define the authentic connection in these times.

IN A STRANGE WAY I'VE ALWAYS WANTED MY WORK TO COME ACROSS AS AUTHOR-LESS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME STILL, MAINTAIN CERTAIN CHARACTERISTICS.  I THINK THAT'S WHY MY WORK OFTEN TAKES ON A VARIETY OF FORMS.  IT'S MY WAY OF NOT TAKING THE WORK SO SERIOUSLY AND ALLOWS FOR A BIT OF MYSTERY AND HUMOR.  THERE IS ALWAYS A THROUGH-LINE WITH MY WORK BUT WITH THE PURPOSE OF NOT BEING SO RIGID OR SELF-CONSCIOUS

We look for peace, calm, excitement, humor, and enjoy escapism as we fall through a screen. We feel a sense of normalcy, protection, and security by its ever presence in our lives. Parasitic Capacitance aims to place all of these emotions and connections we have to an evolving relationship with both the technological world and the nature that surrounds it. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are now part of our reality.


In this world, digital renders become physical paintings and natural elements such as stones become a reminder that inanimate objects also carry frequencies and vibrational tones as do we. Bobby Davidson presents us with a variety of realities with his collection of constructed experiences; both applied and digital, often mixing the two, therefore, offering the viewer their own experience while weaving in subtle nods to artists such as Elsworth Kelly and Fredric Church and the Hudson River Landscape.

Natural elements such as a sodalite stone with cables plugged into it become a reminder that inanimate objects carry frequencies and vibrational tones as do we.  Bobby Davidson presents us with a variety of realities with his collection of constructed experiences; both applied and digital, often mixing the two, therefore, offering the viewer their own experience while weaving in subtle nods to artists such as Elsworth Kelly and Fredric Church and the Hudson River Landscape. - Bobby Davidson



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To view more of Bobby Davidson's work from Parasitic Capacitance please visit his viewing room by clicking here