gembots bg.png

by  Sam Davis

My object-oriented work began as prop making for photographs and explores both playful  notions of ill-designed robots struggling to accomplish even the most basic tasks and at the  same time serve as a self-portrait. Originally the squarish design of the robot was meant to  emulate the act of wearing a cardboard box as a child.The transformative moment of “now  you’re a robot” followed by the inevitable-falling down. Arms and legs too short and always  falling down, always getting up. Viewers tend to find a kinship with this robot that loves flowers  and shiny things but can never bend over to pick them up. Often finding himself “turtled” and  watching clouds or sitting, rusting, for long periods of time when he is simply just not  compelled to move.

For Shape Theory, I am sending the first of an edition of “gembots” based on the term “industrial  gemstones”. Always fascinated by the use of “gemstones” in industry I wanted to make a  series of lab-grown, gem-like robots flawed and relegated to dangerous endeavors and  exploration.

THIS ARTIST HAS ELECTED TO CREATE WORKS EXCLUSIVELY FOR SHAPE THEORY COLLECTIVE.

A PORTION OF EACH SALE DIRECTLY SUPPORTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Artist Statement

Open Now
Limited Showing

Works by
Sam Davis

by  Sam Davis

About The Artist

Originally from Pensacola, FL, Sam Davis received his BFA from the University of Florida in Creative Photography and an MFA in Photography and Sculpture from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Davis creates images that reference his love of family history (his father had once been a participant in an atomic test during the 1950’s, while other family members worked on the first submarines during the civil war) coupled with a playful curiosity of popular and kitsch culture. His images combine obscure technology, science fiction and childhood fantasy to call into question notions regarding memory, nostalgia, imagination and pulp/cyber folklore.  Davis creates images that he hopes will cause the viewer to pause and question while at the same time provide a pathway for the viewer into another frame of thought-to proactively imagine.  When Sam Davis is not chasing U.F.O's, he is teaching alternative process and analog photography as Assistant Professor of Photography at Southern Utah University.