David S. Allee: Chasing Firefly
David S. Allee’s exhibition of nocturnal landscapes is currently on exhibition at the Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York through February 11, 2017. For the past decade, David has been looking at the intersection of landscape and architecture under the cloak of night. Chasing Firefly, David’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery focuses on places familiar to him–New York City and the Berkshire Mountains. As a father, David sees the offerings of the night as a metaphor for the uncertainty and fear parents feel about the world today, but the work also speaks to experiences of childhood nightscapes where he gained a sense of magic from the night sky, and the world illuminated with artificial light, creating a unique beauty of the ordinary.
David S. Allee came to being an artist and photographer after a career in the field of urban planning. “My interests haven’t changed much since becoming an artist,” he says, “structures, the built environment, that’s what I’m still drawn to, but in a less tangible and more abstract way.” His photographs have been exhibited and published widely and are in the permanent collection of major institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Library of Congress, and the Foundation Cartier in Paris, among others. He has had several solo exhibitions, including Princeton University in 2005, and the Knoxville Museum of Art in 2004. His work has been included in group shows at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art, and the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. He received his MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, where he received the Ruttenberg Prize and studied with Joel Sternfeld, Robert Polidori, and Vera Lutter. He also holds a BA in Economics and Government from Cornell University, magna cum laude. Allee lives and works in New York City.
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