Thursday, December 16, 2010

Nathaniel Dorsky

Winter Light

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Nathaniel Dorsky in person
presented in collaboration with SFMOMA and in association with the Poetry Center
[members: $7 / non-members: $10]

A filmmaker since age ten, Nathaniel Dorsky has spent a lifetime exploring the expressive photographic potentials of Kodachrome film. In this exploration he has created some of the medium’s most significant and moving color film works. Sadly, the development of Kodachrome will cease in December 2010. As if in observance, Compline, Dorsky’s final Kodachrome film, is described as “a night devotion or prayer, the last of the canonical hours, the final act in a cycle.” His most recent works, the “sister films” Aubade and Pastourelle, represent a turning point for the artist—his first works shot on color negative film. Each inspired by the troubadour tradition of courtship songs, these films impart the poetics of loss and new beginnings. Finally, 2008’s Winter (also shot on Kodachrome) is an ode to the uniqueness of the San Francisco season: “fleeting, rain-soaked, verdant, a brief period of shadows and renewal.” (Vanessa O’Neill and Steve Polta)

Nathaniel Dorsky: Pastourelle (2010) 17 min. / Aubade (2010) 12 min. / Compline (2009) 19 min. / Winter (2008) 22 min.

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