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"David McManaway's Studio by David H. Gibson"
2002-01-12 until 2002-02-10
McKinney Avenue Contemporary
Dallas, TX, USA United States of America

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) presents David McManaway's Studio by David H. Gibson, an exhibition and installation of new, large-scale color photographs by Dallas photographer David Gibson.

Born in 1939 in Louisville Kentucky, David H. Gibson is a Dallas businessman turned photographer who learned his craft through self-direction and a series of workshops. These workshops were taught by Ansel Adams, Bruce Barnbaum, Paul Caponigro, Jay Dusard, Bill Elsey, Micahel Kenna and John Sexton. Gibson is most known for luminous black-and-white photographs of landscapes that demonstrate a remarkable sensitivity to light and mood. Dramatic clouds, imminent storms and an occasional lightening strike dot Gibson's awe-inspiring settings. Through his images, one might share with Gibson a reverence for place and light.

Similary, in his most recent body of work, Gibson celebrates place and light in the studio of Dallas artist David McManaway, whom Gibson has known for years. With a constantly changing selection of found objects, McManaway creates various social and visual scenarios that cover every surface in his studio. From these, Gibson chooses his subjects, and using his background in stage lighting and design, he touches the scene with light. The result is a series of large color photographs, in which, by the choices he‚s made, Gibson captures intricate moments that are illuminated by the relationships between objects and their social meanings.

Gibson has been recognized for his panoramic landscapes of Texas and the Four Corners region. He has also photographed extensively in Ireland, a project for which he received a grant from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in 1995. He has exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions, and his work is found in several permanent public and corporate collections such as the Amon Carter Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Gibson holds a master‚s degree in theater design and lighting from Trinity University. He has shown with Valley House Gallery, Inc. since 1990.

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) offers opportunities for experimentation and for the presentation of art in all disciplines, and provides a forum for critical dialogue between emerging and established artists and their audiences. The MAC supports the artist‚s role in society, cultivates that relationship through education and innovative programming, and stands as an advocate for creative freedom. The MAC has been operated by Dallas Artist Research and Exhibition, Inc., a non-profit arts organization, since October 1994. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association.

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