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Deborah Davidovits

Deborah Davidovits

Hive Culture: Captivated by the Honeybee
Glyndor Gallery | September 13 – December 1, 2011

Deborah Davidovits’s When Winter Comes is named after a poem written by the artist’s son when he was five years old. The video connects the yearly cycle of the honeybee’s life to our own through the material language of our world. Twenty shadow puppets made of paper and wire and an accompanying soundtrack create a loose narrative from the bees’ perspective. According to Davidovits, "Having watched the honeybees as they make their way through the seasons, I have come to believe that from the time they emerge from the hive on the first warm spring day, they are preparing for the arrival of winter. From the first crocuses to the last of the goldenrod, the bees are taking stock of what is going on around them and what is coming their way. This video is an investigation of that awareness, both in the bees' world and in ours."

Bee Boxes are traditionally used by beekeepers as a device to discover the location of feral beehives. After bees are lured in and fed bait (usually sugar water or honey) within the box’s two compartments, they are released and followed. Made from a recycled cigar box, Davidovits creates Bee Lining Box to investigate the questionable relationship between beekeeper and bee as the person manipulates the insect to follow its beeline and take is honey.

A beekeeper herself, Davidovits is increasingly aware of her natural environment and her relationship with it. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY; the Drawing Center, New York, NY; Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; and Dogbite International Festival of Film Art, Balchik, Bulgaria. She received an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art.

When Winter Comes, 2011 (video still)

When Winter Comes, 2011 (video still)
5 5/6 minutes
Courtesy of the artis

Bee Lining Box, 2011

Bee Lining Box, 2011
Box: Cigar box, plexiglass, honeycomb
2 ½” x 7” x 6”
Kit: Envelope, sponge, baggie, sugar (edition of 1000)
2 ½” x 4 ¼”
Courtesy of the artist

When Winter Comes, 2011 (left) and Bee Lining Box and Kit, 2011( right)

When Winter Comes, 2011 (left) and Bee Lining Box and Kit, 2011( right)

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.