Photographer David Lee Black
Passage… In honor of Artist David Lang
Opening Reception: Friday, January 19, 2018 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
January 19, 2018 through February 14, 2018
Artist show statement:
Passage . . . Where do we go when we die? Is death only another moment? Where do we come from? What exactly is this dream between birth and dying. Every generation thinks that these are “crucial times” but the threads of these larger questions have interlaced the human condition from the beginning. Passage. . . explores the thresholds of the human experience.
Honoring artist, mentor, and friend David Lang, 1941-2017
Approximately eight years ago, artist, mentor, and friend David Lang and I were discussing a collaborative project involving thresholds, barriers and passages. Time went by but recently I had been wrestling with current events. Perhaps as a distraction I wanted this body of work to explore larger questions of the human condition, infinity, eternity and the barriers that appear to hinder/help the process of understanding.
Passage. . . was initially inspired by working in David Lang’s Natick studio where a collection of vintage wooden stepladders and a large bolt of translucent fabric caught my eye. I had been photographing numerous contemporary ballet dancers juxtaposed in unusual environments so having the ballerina models interact with the ladders and fabric just came together naturally. The location of the shoot was in a conservation area directly across from David’s studio. After eight years of imagining this exhibit, this collaboration came together rather quickly once the materials, models and the location were identified, the shoot and the majority of the editing process was completed within one week.
David A. Lang, a beloved member the New England Arts community, an accomplished sculptor, painter, and photographer, passed away after a tragic car accident on November 8, 2017, two days after arriving back home from a ten day trip with David to his beloved Irish Farmhouse in County Clare.
David Lee Black, an award-winning photographer and sculptor artist references the depth of the natural world and its inhabitants with his unique vision. Conveying not only light and shadow, David imparts a sense of storytelling folklore and a timeless mythology in his work. Evoking emotion and the sense of being connected to abandoned places almost sacred, David’s creations articulate emotional truths far beyond the scope of literal meaning. David also lends his personal philosophy and artistic skill to his work in expressive arts therapy, photography workshops and visual artist performances.