Untitled (#13) from My America
Archival Print, 7 x 7 Inches, 2020
“Elsewhere is a negative mirror. The traveler recognizes the little that is his, discovering the much he has not had nor ever will.” -Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
AXIS Gallery presents two bodies of photographic work by Sacramento-based artist Doug Dertinger, TRAVELER and MY AMERICA. TRAVELER explores the condition of the photographer as the flâneur, the casual observer and collector of ephemeral visions. MY AMERICA explores the character and condition of ubiquitous spaces across the United States. “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, celebrating the relationships that arise as we perceive and affirm 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 phenomenology of perceived world. 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.