Dylan Gauthier: highwatermarks, the first US solo museum project by the Brooklyn-based artist Dylan Gauthier (b. 1979, Los Angeles), centers on an immersive video and audio installation that was planned, filmed, and edited during the artist’s year-long residency at the Brandywine River Museum of Art which focused on key aspects of the Brandywine Conservancy’s activities.
With highwatermarks (2017), the artist transforms the Museum’s third-floor gallery into a 4-channel, 4K video installation with accompanying multi-channel original sound composition--narrating the path of the Brandywine River and documenting the local communities through which it flows.
Shot on location in the Brandywine Watershed and surrounding region, the project traces the river’s headwaters among the farms of the Honey Brook Township, through industrial towns like Coatesville and the rolling hills of Chadds Ford, to the public water supply to the city of Wilmington, Delaware. highwatermarks presents the river and its people through four seasons, blending views from the Brandywine landscape with on-water shots filmed from a small boat constructed by the artist earlier in his residency.
Combining video, sculpture, performance and digital media, Gauthier examines representations of nature and the environment alongside with society’s relationship to policy, literature, and care.
(Photo: Dylan Gauthier, film still from highwatermarks, 2017, 4k video installation)