Christopher Dougherty (°1969, Van Nuys, CA) makes photos, drawings and media art. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Dougherty investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.
His photos establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. With a subtle minimalistic approach, he absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
His works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces. By exploring the concept of landscape in an often nostalgic way, he creates work in which a fascination with the clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal art can be found.
His practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for manoeuvring with a pseudo-minimalist and wabi sabi approach in the world of photography: these (both chance, and meticulously planned) works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. Christopher Dougherty currently lives and works in Seattle.