Surveying the experimental cinematic practice of the artist through film stills created from the 1960s-2010s, the online exhibition coincides with his newly published limited edition book of photographs, ECLOGUES: Letters and Correspondence, each signed and numbered by the artist and published by Peter Blum Edition.
Dorsky creates 16mm silent films and photographic stills that elicit poetic and contemplative moments of observation; they are occasions for meditations on light, landscape, time, and consciousness. Capturing oftentimes quotidian or verdant settings, the luminous film stills reveal everyday existence as profoundly stimulating and sublime. Dorsky has presented his work at institutions that include Museum of Modern Art, NY; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and the Whitney Biennial in 2000 and 2012.
“Some of the happiest moments in my recent movie going life have been spent watching the cinematic reveries of Nathaniel Dorsky. Working in 16-millimeter film, Dorsky makes short, silent works filled with everyday ecstasies — shifting shadows, nodding flowers — that capture the magnificence and ephemera of both the medium and the larger world.” — Manohla Dargis, The 10 Most Influential Films of the Decade, The New York Times, 2019