McMurtrey Gallery art opening reception: Ghostland by Keith Carter and Archiving Australia by Dornith Doherty

McMurtrey Gallery

In his new body of work titled Ghostland, Keith Carter uses the elemental qualities of the historic wet plate collodian process to explore the flora, fauna and folklore of swamplands in the American South. Using archaic lenses, he takes viewers through a looking glass into a parallel universe where feral humans and decorous animals all occupy a whimsically Darwinian wonderland. Carter delves into the rich recesses of mythology and the human psyche to explore the common threads of human and animal attraction, reminding viewers that they are products of the same earth, and re-examines the relationship with the natural world.

Traveling to Australia in 2013 with the support of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Dornith Doherty used on-site x-ray equipment to photograph native, rare and critically threatened plants at the Threatened Flora Seed Center, the Kings Park Botanic Garden and the recently opened PlantBank, located throughout the Australian continent. In this new body of work, Doherty continues to explore the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species and decreased biodiversity. From Eucalyptus and kangaroo grass to the recently rediscovered Wollemi Pine, the vibrant biodiversity of this remote continent is captured in collages painstakingly made from individual x-rays of seeds and plants. Doherty's use of the color delft/indigo blue evokes references to not only the process of cryogenic preservation, central to the methodology of saving seeds, but also to the intersection of east and west, trade, cultural exchange and migration.

On view through April 26. 



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