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Childish Things
     

Childish Things

by Denise Davis, Scott Davis
 
Taking the position that lost and abandoned toys retain repressed memories of prepubescent trauma and the deep-seated guilt associated with the playing of forbidden games, the photographic team of Davis & Davis have created staged images of mini-psychodramas using forlorn toys to portray the conflicted children who left them behind. In scenes such as a little boy

Overview

Taking the position that lost and abandoned toys retain repressed memories of prepubescent trauma and the deep-seated guilt associated with the playing of forbidden games, the photographic team of Davis & Davis have created staged images of mini-psychodramas using forlorn toys to portray the conflicted children who left them behind. In scenes such as a little boy stuck atop a teeter-totter and a baby falling out of a window while its father rushes to try and catch it, they explore the darker side of humanity, deflate the cherished myth of innocence, and point out that not even children are untainted and sinless.

Editorial Reviews

Globe and Mail
This collection of photos-lost dolls and toys, recovered by the photographers and posed in weirdly offbeat scenes-is a sort of paean to the darker moments of childhood.
Los Angeles Times
If there were a purgatory for lost and forgotten toys, the team Davis & Davis might be appointed its resident art therapists. In their luscious color photographs, Davis & Davis use toys they rescued from the streets and thrift stores to stage simple but poignant psychological dramas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781891661433
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.12(w) x 9.74(h) x 0.34(d)

What People are Saying About This

Elizabeth Dunbar
Davis & Davis have deftly unlocked the Pandora's box of childhood � out from their toy box emerge long-repressed memories of guilt and trauma, all shrouded in the unearthly glow of gorgeous Technicolor light.
Paul Reubens
Clever, mysterious, funny and weird � what�s not to like?!
Catherine Opie
These photos by Davis & Davis will make you laugh and squirm! You'll love their wonderful look at child anxiety and sexuality: Boy meets boy (or girl), a bunny lovin' a carrot . . . This book is a must for your collection.
Robert Mailer Anderson
The photographs of Davis and Davis access an uncomfortable part of childhood when play was charged with a scab-picking provocativeness, toys were made strange, and laughter came from a cruel region of prepubescent impulse. That point in the game when someone got hurt, and everyone ran home.

Meet the Author

Davis & Davis, also known as Denise and Scott Davis, are a married professional photographic team. In addition to a recent solo show at the Heather Marx Gallery in San Francisco, they have exhibited at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Downey Museum of Art, and the Huntington Beach Art Center. Their work is in the collections of California State University, California State Polytechnic University, Cypress College, and the Kinsey Research Institute. They live in Los Angeles. Tyler Stallings is the curator of exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum. He is the coeditor of Uncontrollable Bodies: Testimonies of Identity and Culture. He lives in Southern California.

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