David Freeman's Casual Regionalism Art Opening

Posted Tuesday Sep 12, 2017

Artist's Reception:

2:00PM - 4:00PM, Sunday, September 17

Lobby Gallery, McAllen Public Library

casual regionalism

photos that embrace the opposite of cultural vanity

The boundaries between beauty and significance have been studied often enough; we have witnessed this disparity in dramatic ways through the capture of what is meaningful to us.

There is a great amount of confusion and apprehension attached to this project. I seek to capture a casual record of familiar people in my proximity. These are not glamour or vanity photos - they capture a time when people are relaxed and spontaneous.

I confronted confusion and a personal struggle about the duty regarding the demands of the project. The problem was this: many of the sitters declined to be represented in anything but an agreeable representation, insisting on the production of what I see as a ‘glamour image’. But to me, these are beautiful images that portray my friends, family and acquaintances in a more caring and affectionate manner. I know these images examine their verve in a profound and complex manner, and in so doing are sometimes less than lovely, but are still beautiful. They more honestly tell of the passion, warmth and well-being I see within each person. These are images that represent what I care about - I’m not interested in a shallow conceit; I wish to underscore the strength in knowing oneself and being comfortable with one’s true being. Truth and courage in knowing who we are is, I hope, evident, and with everyone I shoot I readily see that courage and beauty within. I have had many truly constructive and relevant conversations about these images and how they portray truth, love and apprehension all at the same time. That’s the adventure and the experience of a good portrait. I thank all those represented here for being brave and original.

David Freeman

About the artist:

With his varied creative output, David Freeman has demonstrated several different professional artistic personas. An art instructor at South Texas College for over ten years, where he developed the digital photography course, he also created, edited, and published the regional art magazine, Voices of Art, works in a variety of art media and alternative media, and is a serious photographer. Growing up in North Africa, His global educational development contributed to his wide range and flexibility of perceptions. He attended the O.C. School in Tripoli, Libya, then spent a year at the Ecole des Roches, Bluche Sur Sierre, Switzerland. He has a BFA from the Memphis College of Art followed by an MFA from the University of Texas San Antonio. Freeman has exhibited his art widely, and in addition to participating in many South Texas exhibitions, his recent accomplishments include a solo exhibition, “Observing (A)trophy Life – Celebrating Our Luxury of Social, Personal and Political Addiction” at the Leon Gallery in Denver; he exhibited sculptures in the “Truth to Power” art exhibition in collaboration with Rock the Vote and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and exhibited his work in Xian, China, while there on an artist’s residency program. He lives in McAllen where he operates his North American Art Gallery.

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