David Stephenson


September 6 - October 6, 2007

We are pleased to announce David Stephenson's fourth solo exhibition. This new body of color work, completed over the past three years, records Gothic architecture in Northern European churches and cathedrals. In this series, images of naves, crossings, apses and choirs are combined into diptychs and triptychs to create anthropomorphic designs. Using long exposures, Stephenson continues to explore notions of the sublime in architecture. The sites include Notre Dame and Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, Chartres, the cathedrals in Laon, Mechelen, Soissons, and Ghent and chapels in Bath, York, Lincoln and Cambridge.

Various symbolic associations of the dome, from bridge between heaven and earth to the oculus as an eye or opening into endless void, reflect the transcendent nature of architectural design. Stephenson's oeuvre also employs subjects such as sky and clouds of the Artic, stars, trees, and landscapes to capture the relationship between photography, time and human mortality.

Stephenson holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania where he heads the Photography Department at the School of Art. His work is included in over thirty international public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

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