Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat)

Chott el-Djerid (A Portrait in Light and Heat) ★★★★

An almost unbearable poem of menace and endurance, light and heat (and the attendant strain, exhaustion, death) made manifest, an ode to video's place in art as much as it is our place in nature. Painterly compositions reminiscent of Rothko and Diebenkorn, Giacometti figures, Strand buildings--and beyond them, this is a portrait in light, not just of it, a mystery of vision, a mirage of the mind.

I'm also pretty convinced that the best way to view this is on the computer screen, with images shining even more harshly than they would from a gallery's tube television (which, in the case of this work, is still superior to a projected image)--format & function--so here it is on youtube: