Jack Davis A Show of Penises
Artist Resume April, 2007
Jack Davis photo by Mark I Chester
In 1975 I received my Masters degree in Art, focusing on Fibers, from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. My graduate show included wall hangings, coiled baskets and crocheted penises.
After I moved to California, my first show was in 1983 at Good Vibrations where I exhibited my penises. Since then I have shown my work in several non-mainstream venues in San Francisco including 848 Community Space, A Different Light Bookstore and the old Josie’s Cabaret. Along the way I stopped doing large wall pieces that required a loom and for which I had to charge a lot of money. I have focused on penises that can be produced with a single hook and are more affordable.
For a few years starting in 1990, I co-facilitated workshops with Keith Hennessy in which we brought together queer men to get naked and explore the relationship between sex and spirituality. We called the workshops Phallic/Image. In the first ones I led the participants through the experience of making a penis by wrapping and winding strips of fabric while they were naked.
Eventually the indoor workshops moved outdoors. We did a workshop at Baker Beach. We did sex ritual in the middle of Castro and 18th Street on several Halloweens and Pink Saturdays. The Castro rituals were called HomoHex and the intention was to reclaim the holidays and the neighborhood as queer. Ten years later people are still talking about them.
My focus has been queer men, sex and ritual and I have been crocheting penises all of this time. Recently I decided that it was time to get them up on the wall and show what I have been doing these past couple of years.
showed penises in Masters degree exhibit
received Masters degree in Art, focusing on Fibers Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois
moved to California
showed penises at Good Vibrations
showed penises at Mark Chester’s studio
created penis altar for Keith Hennessy’s Sacred Boy
showed penises in window of A Different Light Bookstore
co-facilitated Phallic Image workshops with Keith Hennessy where we got naked queer men together to explore sex and spirituality and made penises
co-organized HomoHex 1 with Keith Hennessy, a naked sex ritual on Halloween in the middle of the intersection of 18th and Castro in order to reclaim the holiday and the neighborhood
HomoHex 2 at Pink Saturday
HomoHex 3 at Halloween
Ritual/Glamour, one person show at 848 Community Space
HomoHex 4 at Pink Saturday
HomoHex 5 at Halloween
curated Dick Show at 848 Community Space, a visual art show about penises
started to work for Good Vibrations
HomoHex 6 at Pink Saturday
showed penises at a Different Light Bookstore
talked about sex toys for men, dildos and butt plugs, on the Joan Jett Blakk talk show at Josie’s
HomoHex 7 at Halloween
co-authored with Keith Hennessy, an article about HomoHex, published in Movement Research Performance Journal and RFD.
HomoHex 8 at Pink Saturday
curated Sex Work visual art show at 848 Community Space
co-facilitated with Carol Queen, a sex ritual for SF Jacks at 1808 Club, the site of the SF LGBT Center
organized a contingent of Radical Faeries to pull a cart with a 5 foot wooden penis in the Gay Day parade
presented workshops about sex toys for men at Good Vibrations
showed penises at Good Vibrations, Valencia Store
with Carol Queen, co-edited Sex Spoken Here, an anthology of written work from the Good Vibrations erotic reading circle
curated Retrospection, retrospective art exhibit at 848, included penises
showed penises at Good Vibrations, Polk Street Store
included with SF Jacks penis show at Good Vibrations, Polk Street Store