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Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden featured in Smithsonian.com

February 19, 2019 - Lila Thulin

Dornith Doherty’s Mesmerizing Photos Capture the Contradictions of Seed Banking

 “Archiving Eden,” now at the National Academy of Sciences, shows how guarding against an ecological catastrophe is both optimistic and pessimistic.

Dornith Doherty’s photographs of seedlings and the facilities where they’re conserved are full of plant life, and yet they were inspired by a seemingly inhospitable place: a below-zero, highly secure vault in a remote Norwegian archipelago.

More than a decade ago, the professor at the University of North Texas read an article in the New Yorker chronicling the construction of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a “Doomsday vault” built to store up to 2.25 billion seeds and more than 5,000 species plant species. Doherty hadn’t heard of seed banks before, but she had long created art that engaged with questions about humans and their interactions with the natural landscape around them....


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Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden exhibition and panel discussion

February 15, 2019 - National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.

Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden exhibition will be on display at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. from February 15, 2019 - July 15, 2019.

Since 2008, Texas-based photographer Dornith Doherty has traveled around the world to photograph the spaces and contents of seed banks. By focusing on the pleasing aesthetics of seeds and the buildings constructed to conserve biodiversity, she has constructed a visual meditation on the planet’s botanical diversity. 

Supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Doherty initially began documenting the seed vaults to explore the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species, and decreased agricultural diversity. Serving as a global botanical backup system, these privately and publicly funded institutions assure the opportunity for reintroduction of species should a catastrophic event affect a key ecosystem somewhere in the world....


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PRESS RELEASE: James Buss - the penumbra tow - opens February 16th

January 18, 2019 - Holly Johnson Gallery

Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to announce the opening of the penumbra tow, a solo exhibition of new work by James Buss. The exhibition is the artist’s second solo show with the gallery. An opening reception will be held for the artist Saturday, February 16, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibit continues through April 27...


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CATALOGUE RELEASE: Jackie Tileston at Holly Johnson Gallery

December 9, 2018 - Holly Johnson Gallery

48 page fully illustrated catalogue published on the occasion of "Jackie Tileston: Instructions for Dissolution" at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas. The catalogue features an essay by Helene Furján and Lee Nentwig, as well as the sixteen works from the exhibition held November 17 - January 26...


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PRESS RELEASE: Stuart Arends - Moonlight On The River

November 30, 2018 - Holly Johnson Gallery

Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to announce the opening of Moonlight on the River, a solo exhibition of new work on paper by Stuart Arends. An opening reception for the artist will be held Saturday, January 5, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibition continues through Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Moonlight on the River will be Arends’ first exhibition with the gallery. The title of the exhibition and the body of work comes from the German improvisational acid rock band, “Electric Moon”, and Dekooning’s 1960 painting, “Door to the River”.  The thoughts regarding this body of work has to do with the Abstract Expressionist’s idea of accessing the flow, or “river” of creativity through the “door” of improvisation, spontaneity, and the unconscious....


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TOP FIVE: Jackie Tileston included on Glasstire's Top Five

November 29, 2018 - Glasstire

Jackie Tileston: Instructions for Dissolution at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas through January 26. A show of new paintings and works on paper by artist Jackie Tileston. “Tileston’s paintings are heterotopic spaces in which diverse strategies and nomadic thinking create complex images that investigate the contemporary sublime and states of being.”


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PODCAST: Dornith Doherty in Outside of New York - Episode 19

October 22, 2018 - Craig Gould

Dornith Doherty is an artist whose work stimulates conversations around the world’s ever-changing ecology. A native of Houston, she obtained her BFA from Rice University and her MFA in Photography from Yale. She currently resides in Southlake, Texas and is Distinguished Research Professor at the University of North Texas, where she has been on the faculty since 1996. Dornith is a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow and has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the United States Department of the Interior, among many others. In addition, she was recognized by the Texas State Legislature as the 2016 Texas State Artist for 2D work. Doherty’s work has been exhibited extensively domestically and abroad and can be found in the permanent collections of prominent institutions such as the Amon Carter Museum of American ArtCrystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Her project entitled “Archiving Eden” looked at the infrastructure around the preservation of the world’s plant life through the utilization of seed banks, as well as looking at the inner beauty of the seeds themselves. That work drew the attention of major media outlets and resulted in a host of artist talks around the world, including TEDx Monterey.

I recently sat down with Dornith at her current show at Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas where we discussed....


Jackie Tileston Paintings acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art

September 18, 2018

Jackie Tileston News - In early 2018 the Philadelphia Museum of Art acquired three paintings by Jackie Tileston. The three paintings were created during the Artists-in-Residence Program at the Joan Mitchell Foundation in the Spring of 2017. Tileston previously was a grant recipient in 2011...


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PRESS RELEASE: Jackie Tileston - Instructions for Dissolution in November

September 17, 2018 - Holly Johnson Gallery

Holly Johnson Gallery in Dallas is pleased to announce the opening of Jackie Tileston: Instructions for Dissolution, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper. An opening reception for the artist will be held November 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. The exhibition continues through Saturday, January 26, 2019. 

Jackie Tileston's paintings are heterotopic spaces in which diverse strategies and nomadic thinking create complex images that investigate the contemporary sublime and states of being. Tileston (b. Manila, Philippines) spent her childhood as an itinerant “Third Culture Kid”, living in the Philippines, India, England, and France, before moving to the US.  This intercultural mix and sense of belonging everywhere and nowhere has become the template for making abstract, visionary paintings. She has developed her own pictorial vocabulary and symbolism, a semiotics that incorporates references to an eclectic variety of sources:  geometric yantras, fragments of Ukiyo-e prints, fractals, digital photos, Chinese landscape, quantum physics, Western Romanticism, and patterns from around the world all feed the work.  Tileston creates hybrid, layered and contemplative spaces that explore ways to materialize the ephemeral through exuberant, grotesque, raucous, and baroquely differentiated forms...

 


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BOOK RELEASE: Jackie Tileston included in Two X Two X Twenty - Celebrating Contemporary Art at the DMA

September 17, 2018 - Dallas Museum of Art

TWO X TWO X TWENTY celebrates the 20th anniversary of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual art auction hosted by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky with proceeds equally benefitting the DMA and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research...


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