FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Scott Davis: Los Angeles Night
December 1, 2006 - February 3, 2007
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 7-9pm
Michael Dawson Gallery
535 North Larchmont Boulevard (Limited free parking in our lot), Los Angeles, California 90004
(323) 469-2186, FAX (323) 469-9553
Web site, http://www.michaeldawsongallery.com
Scott B. Davis, Hollywood Hills, California, 2004
The choice to photograph at night is about exploration and the ability for genuine discovery in a familiar world. Night transforms landscape from something recognizable and known into something felt and seen.
Michael Dawson Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles of San Diego based photographer Scott Davis. Los Angeles Night will feature Davis' large format platinum contact prints of both familiar (the Hollywood sign, Sunset Strip, and City Hall) as well as unknown views of the nocturnal city.
Born in 1971, Scott Davis completed a BFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. Davis began using a view camera in 1994. In 2002 he built a 16 x 20 inch view camera used for the photographs in the Los Angeles Night series.
Davis notes that, "In 2001 I traveled along a remote beach near Malibu. Looking east, I could see the geographic expanse of Los Angeles and, from this distance, its startling similarity to the unpopulated lands of the American West. The resulting photograph transformed my ideas about urban space and began an extended project of photographing California by night."
Davis' photographs are represented in numerous private collections as well as the California Museum of Photography in Riverside, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Kiyosato, Japan. Davis has completed a portfolio of his work entitled Nocturnes published in 2004 with an essay by Amy Conger.