Born in 1957 and raised in Lakeside, California, Dane A. Davis studied photography under David Wing at Grossmont College and graduated with a BFA from the School of Film & Video of California Institute of the Arts in 1981. He works in a variety of aural and visual media. His 1979 short film “Two-Part-Invention: A Portrait” was shown at the MoMA in New York through summer 2006 and at the LA Film Festival as part of a CalArts retrospective. His sound design work, specializing in dramatically subjective and previously unheard sounds, has earned recognition including Clio, Academy Award, BAFTA and MPSE awards. His photographic work, continuing several avenues of visual exploration, are currently being shown in various galleries in Los Angeles.
I photograph the absence of visual intention, the barriers erected as holes in visual intention, the periphery of visual consideration or control. Through unapologetic form and “inclusive” discipline I seek to liberate the photographic image from its inherent slavery as categorical document; to free our emotional response from the cage of literal content recognition; to harness the rectangle as a means to pass through the trap of object; to allow the associative emancipation by abstraction within the camera in my hands. A ”through objective” intention.
In much of my latest work I am going one dimension further in the abstraction process by removing the defining time frame from the aesthetic moment of exposure. This four dimensional ambiguity frees the viewer to live in the images without the restrictions imposed by an explicit indication of where, what or when.
In all of my current photographic work each image is created entirely in-camera involving minimal post-production limited to revealing the found light and color conditions at the time of the original capture.