Brandon Opalka: Nature is Imagination Itself

Dec. 12, 2009 - Jan. 2, 2010

Opening reception Dec. 12, 2009, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Spanning the entire length of Dorsch Gallery's west wall, Brandon Opalka's latest mural project, Nature is Imagination Itself, has just been completed.

The idea for the mural was born when Opalka saw Ken Burns' documentary The National Parks, which chronicles the beginnings of America's national parks system, including the opposition this program has often met. Soon after the airing of The National Parks this fall, National Geographic Magazine featured a fold-out photograph of a 1500 year old redwood tree. This first-ever composite photograph of a redwood, made up of 84 individual photographs, caught Opalka's attention and became further inspiration for the mural. The tree in the photo is 300 feet tall. At the top, the trunk alone is 100 feet wide, almost the size of Opalka's large mural itself.

To quote William Blake, "The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature as ridicule and deformity and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself."

A reception will be held at the gallery on December 12th, 7-10pm.