Morgan Freeman

Karon Davis' 'Pain Management' plumbs loss and love in a tribute to her late husband, Noah Davis

Karon Davis' 'Pain Management' plumbs loss and love in a tribute to her late husband, Noah Davis

Karon Davis knows about waiting.

Dressed in a long, silky, gold head scarf, sparkly wrist bangles and laced-up rain boots, Davis settles into an armchair inside her sculptural installation at Wilding Cran Gallery, a re-creation of a hospital waiting room. The piece, part of her solo exhibition “Pain Management,” is a generic-looking medical space: Canned music prattles in the background, abstract prints adorn the walls, US Weekly magazines are laid out for distraction, floral tissue boxes are tucked into corners.

It’s a scene Davis knows intimately. In 2015, her husband of seven years, Noah Davis — a rising L.A. art star whose work had been...

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