Smile Sometimes, featuring the work of Tashawn “Whaffle” Davis, is Peninsula’s inaugural Fall Incubator Project, a new annual event that will showcase a young, emerging, Brooklyn-based artist.
Born and raised in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Tashawn “Whaffle” Davis is a multi-disciplinary artist who brings together humor, historical reference and pop culture to explore a variety of cultural and socio-political issues.
In his paintings, Tashawn often returns to an imaginary pastoral landscape that he refers to as “Fernweh.” This rural setting provides a backdrop for surreal scenes and narratives that often include mythical creatures called “Squonks.” The Squonk - with its shapeless furry body, sad eyes and anthropomorphic qualities - creates a strange tension within the idealized landscape of Fernweh.
Interspersed with references to American history and popular culture, Tashawn’s paintings create compelling seriocomic explorations of the African American experience.
352 Van Brunt Street
(corner of Sullivan Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11231