The Arboretum Cycle of Nathaniel Dorsk

Sat May 25, 2:30pm
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The Arboretum Cycle is a sequence of seven related 16mm films (silent, projected at a speed of 18 frames per second) by Nathaniel Dorsky, an American artist who refers to his practice as devotional cinema — alluding to the latent capacity for non-representational film to elicit a mystical experience. Recorded on 16mm over the course of several months in the San Francisco Arboretum, these seven films embrace the intricacies of the natural world — from plants and flowers, earth and sky, to light and color, death and dying — with attention to the smaller details often lost in casual viewings. “Within walking distance from my apartment is San Francisco’s Arboretum located in Golden Gate Park. I decided that I would make a film on a single subject, and that subject would be the light — the sacredness of the light itself in this splendid garden” — Nathaniel Dorsky. 

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