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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Gallery Talk with Dornith Doherty

From the Denton Record Chronicle:

Photographer Dornith Doherty will tell the story behind the arresting images in her solo show, “Vault,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday [January 19th] at a downtown gallery [UNT on the Square].

Doherty, a University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design professor, completed an intensive photography series documenting the work being done to preserve the world’s crops last year after being awarded a fellowship by the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts.

The project culminated with a premiere exhibition at UNT on the Square. Doherty took pictures at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. She also used on-site X-ray equipment at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colo., and at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place in Sussex, England, to photograph seeds and cloned plants from those facilities’ extensive storage vaults.

The result is a series of documentary photographs depicting the setting where seeds are stored in a vault carved into the ice of a Norwegian mountain. Her X-ray photographs of seeds and cloned seeds, though, are the stars of the show. Through the unflinching lens of an X-ray machine, the seed photographs have a celestial, otherworldly feel.

The gallery talk is free. The gallery is located at 109 N. Elm St.

The exhibit will run through Feb. 8. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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