Untitled (#13), from Voyage
Archival Inkjet Print, 7”x 7”, 2020
AXIS Gallery presents HOLD, new photographic works by Sacramento-based artist Doug Dertinger. HOLD brings together works from two photographic projects, Voyage and Traveler, inviting the viewer to consider the liminal nature of the everyday. This liminality, operative as silence and invitation to our attention or ignorance, is often overlooked as the generative source of our actions and attitudes toward the land. As one is held by glance or gaze, so is one operative: “I am always interested in the intimate encounter with the unattended,” writes Dertinger, “of the everyday and the easy-to-overlook, not simply to be witness, but attendant, gardener.” Dertinger’s images invite us to be collaborators in our understanding of the environment, forefronting the relationships that arise as we perceive, affirm, and deny the delicacy of our mutable and often tragic world.
Doug Dertinger was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. A landscapist, his work focuses on the phenomenological aspects of perception and encounter. He has shown nationally and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of the Princeton University Art Museum and St. Mary’s University Art Gallery, Nova Scotia. He holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Colorado State University and an MFA in Fine and Media Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and has taught at a variety of institutions across the U.S., joining the faculty of Photography at California State University, Sacramento in 2008.