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We asked five of our favorite gallerists to pick just one significant regional artist from their stables of top talent. A series of portraits documents some of the most fruitful partnerships in town.

Talley Dunn and Ted Kincaid at the gallery, where Kincaid’s first show, The Beautiful Lie/The Terrible Truth, opens March 16

Holly Johnson and Dornith Doherty at Holly Johnson Gallery

Talley Dunn & Ted Kincaid

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TEAMWORK Dunn, who had known Kincaid’s work since the mid ’90s, began representing Kincaid two years ago.

BIG IDEA Kincaid’s intriguing photography-based images “really capture the viewer,” says Dunn. “There’s a fascinating quality where you’re really not sure. Are we looking at something that actually exists, or at something that was created?”

PHOTO SYNTHESIS “My work has always been about questioning the veracity of a photographic image,” Kincaid explains. “Reality doesn’t have to be real at all. I’ve made real photographs that look fake, and I take fake photographs and make them look real.” Kincaid’s earlier work veered toward a minimalist abstraction. “The thing that’s wonderful about Talley is that she’s always understood that my work is conceptual in nature,” he says. “The idea stays the same, but the aesthetic changes.”

BEHIND THE LENS As a kid, he was fascinated by Bigfoot, ghosts and UFOs. “Is that someone’s grandmother, or just a light leak in the camera?”

Holly Johnson

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10 YEARS AND COUNTING Johnson and photographer Dornith Doherty first met in 2001. Says Johnson: “I saw her work, loved it, and we decided to do a show,” at the now shuttered Pillbury Peters Fine Art gallery, where Johnson was director. Doherty’s been part of Johnson’s roster of artists at her own gallery since 2005, where the gallerist has helped nurture Doherty’s current work, which includes a series documenting
seed banks and preservation efforts in the face of climate change and extinction.

NUTURING NATURE “Over the years, the nexus of Dornith’s work has remained the same,” Johnson says. “It’s continuing the conversation of stewardship of our planet and nature. There are for her multiple ways you can view the work—some people really respond to the conversation about nature, about stewardship and about our planet, and are fascinated with the whole idea that there are seed banks…”

ARTIST ENTHUSIAST“Dornith believes in a lot of the same things I believe in, artistically and personally,” Johnson says. “Her work has certainly opened my eyes.”

Dornith Doherty

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EXPOSURE Doherty’s Archiving Eden project chronicles seeds and tissue samples at various seed banks around the world. Using X-ray equipment at the facilities, Doherty produces black and white photographs and lenticular animations from the samples.

WORLD VIEW Last spring, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which will allow her to continue the work and complete the series. “The fellowship enabled me to go to Russia and photograph one of the oldest seed banks in the world,” she says, “and I’ll be documenting seed archives in Brazil and Australia.”

PATRON SAINT “I love working with Holly,” Doherty says. “She’s smart as a whip; she’s totally brilliant, and having her and the collection of people she’s brought together in this gallery—it’s almost like having a salon.”

NEXT Doherty’s series documenting seed archives will be exhibited at the gallery in late 2013. A book is also on the way.

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