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David Fleming Exhibit
February 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 8:00am, repeating until March 23, 2018
David Fleming Exhibit
Artist Reception, Brown Bag and talk is scheduled for Weds., February 21 at 12:10 in the Art Gallery.
What interests me in digital photography is the freedom for digital abstraction — the “freedom from representational qualities in art.”
My work begins with what photography does best — the creation of a faithful representation of an object or place. Then two statements from two very different artists drive the abstracting process that follows:
“Color is life.” – Marc Chagall
“Take something. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” – Jasper Johns
The creative freedom inherent in digital manipulation of composition and color goes through many iterations until an image emerges that says “Save me”. Next day, more iterations, and with patience (and sometimes luck) perhaps some new images emerge that merit “Save as”.
I studied modern art and literature in college, but did not take up a studio practice until 15 years ago. Since that time I have exhibited acrylic paintings, hand built ceramics, site specific installations, and most recently digitally enhanced photographs.
The Photography of David Fleming at ICON in April and June (2017)
Visual artists aren’t usually known for extensive verbal analysis of the creative process, but occasionally they can hit mark, and with just a few words inspire other artists. That’s what Jasper Johns did for Fairfield photographer David Fleming, when he summed up his own artistic practice in three short sentences: “Take something. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” Add to that some words of Chagall (“Color is life”), and Picasso (“When I haven’t any blue I use red”), and Fleming found plenty of direction for his creativity.
All three of these quotes find expression in the extensive body of [purposely untitled ?] work showing at Fairfield’s ICON Gallery in April and May. Entitled “Altered Images — Photographs by David Fleming”, the nearly 100 prints explore a wide variety of styles and subjects, from the abstracted shapes of ordinary tables and chairs, to Amish buggies, industrial trucks, trains and machinery, cemetery statuary, botanical forms, and the nude. Roughly half of the images are in (often vibrant) color, and half in black and white, ranging from coal black, to grungy/grainy greys, to pristine white.
And don’t expect everything to be in sharp focus. While Ansel Adams is known for saying, “There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept,” Fleming has turned this notion around to read, “Sometimes there is nothing better than a fuzzy image of a sharp concept.” All his work is photo-based, even the most abstract pieces, or those that seem to be purely graphic design.
David studied art history in college, but it wasn’t till he arrived in Fairfield 18 years ago that he took up studio practice, working primarily in paint, and purely abstractly. His show at Teeple-Hansen Gallery 10 years ago was titled “Lines, Dots, and Stripes”. While for the past 4 years he has focused almost exclusively on photography, his background in painting — and the aphorisms of other artists — serve as his inspiration and continue be his creative launching pad.