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Bio

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Matty Davis is an artist from Pittsburgh, PA, where his grandfather worked for decades in the steel mills and his father’s plane crashed. Described as “fearless” by the New Yorker, his work begins and ends with the body. It seeks transformation through action that often oscillates between risk and grace, violence and care, to explore love, mortality, and energy systems. Davis grew up as a competitive athlete in multiple sports, which exposed him to visceral understandings of surface, impact, injury, cooperation, and play that continue to influence his work. His performances function generatively, wherein movement acts as a kid of tap, springing forth drawings, photographs, sculpture, books, and video that is inextricably linked to the physicality, site-specificity, and materiality engaged. His work has been presented by the Art Institute of Chicago, the Max Ernst Museum, Steppenwolf Theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Judson Church, the 92nd St. Y, the Watermill Center, Creative Growth, and the Arts Arena in Paris, among others. In 2012, Davis co-founded BOOMERANG, and apart from his own work has performed works by or with Hito Steyerl, David Hallberg Francesco Vezzoli, Guido van der Werve, Andy de Groat, and Tino Sehgal. He was the recipient of a 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, and has been artist-in-residence at Queenslab, the Watermill Center, and Kickstarter’s HQ in Brooklyn. Davis has taught at institutions and schools throughout the US, including New York University, the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Kansas City Art Institute, Columbia College, Oberlin College, and the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.