Dorsky’s pieces included in the Kadist Collection are small still photographs from twelve of his most important films. Here, the still images function in the same way as his cinematographic work: Highly aesthetic, they allow for the appearance of intricate visual patterns and layers of meaning that take scenes of everyday life as its source material. Both Dorsky’s cinematic and photographic works follow a stream of consciousness that rejects representation or fixed narrative structure.
Nathaniel Dorsky belongs to a younger generation of filmmakers that follows key
figures of the Bay Area avant-garde scene, like Bruce Conner, and is mainly associated with Canyon Cinema. In this tradition of experimental film, Dorsky’s poetic, meditative silent films continue the free visual association of images.