Holly Johnson Gallery presents Dornith Doherty: "Deluge" opening reception
Holly Johnson Gallery will present “Deluge,” an exhibition of new photographs and hydrographs by Dornith Doherty. A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition and includes an essay by Irene Klaver, PhD.
Since 2010, Texas has experienced record-breaking climatic extremes, both the single driest year and the 24 wettest months ever recorded. In response to these dramatic environmental events, Dornith Doherty was compelled to begin Mediated Forest, a project about the changes within the Trinity River basin north of the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. Part of the Mediated Forest project is “Deluge,” initiated by photographing areas repeatedly from 2015 to the present, tracking changes in the landscape during consecutive floods and their aftermaths.
New large-scale photographs were made from the waters' edge, from a boat, and by wading into floodwaters. New hydrographs (water drawings) were made by canoeing into the flooded forest canopy and suspending 4 x 7-foot sheets of paper to directly record the water height as it ascended and receded. Against the backdrop of severe drought/flood cycles and rapid residential expansion, Doherty created otherworldly imagery when the surface of the lake rose twenty feet and hovered at the level of the forest canopy, and in the ensuing months as the submerged terrain revealed itself from the watery depths.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through November 10.