At some point brass knuckles became a fashion accessory, blinged out, and shown off. The meeting point of glamour and lowbrow sparks Laura Davis’ mind. Her new “fist rings” series dangles decorations off necklace chains, held in the fist. The groupings of trinkets contain miniature narratives of psychosocial tension. Like stylish nunchucks, some sport sharpened razor blades.
Davis may be an expert on the difference between kitsch and camp, this being the conceptual soft spot she’s prodded for the past few years with objects culled from her husband’s inventory of mid-century modern furniture—“the debris of the business” is hers to refurbish into furnishings with teeth. “If my tchotchkes scare you then that’s awesome,” says Davis. The fist rings will be on display in her upcoming solo exhibition (part of the Bolt residency program at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition, opening May 10), and look for her modern design revamps in the MCA’s “Homebodies,” opening June 29. lauraanndavis.com.