Gareth Spor (US): Tree

During the warmth of a Californian night, mesmerized by the patterns of electric light sketching on the leaves of a tree.


Tree is a silent video loop. The loop cycles through 4 shots of a single event, the illumination of a tree by a set of massive spot lights. The tree is still for the most part while the lights trace out a pattern through the space of its branches in a methodically regular pattern. The tree is of a common variety and one of many that serve to line a city street. The intensity of the spotlights threaten to overwhelm the branches and leaves of this tree as well as the sensor video recorder used to record the event.

PREMIERE: Cinema Gigante, San Francisco, CA, US, 2007

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GARETH SPOR (b. 1977, England) grew up in the United States. He holds a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley where he studied the neurophysiology of the retina. Currently he is pursing a MFA degree at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. His artwork surrounds ideas of mysticism, spirituality and the cosmos.