New York

Steve Doughton

Marianne Boesky Gallery | 509 West 24th Street

Maybe film is finally in a position to fulfill its destiny of becoming art. With the advent of video and digital media, amateurs have a cheaper, more readily accessible technology at their disposal; the same is increasingly true of professionals as well. As a result, the medium is moving further and further away from its origin in popular culture. How shocked the Bressons and Tarkovskys, the purists of yesteryear, would be to see their dream realized in such a fashion. Now only the most dedicated hobbyist or the most obsessed artist will ever handle celluloid—balky, fragile stuff that it is.

Steve Doughton is one of these holdouts. Based on Circuit, 1999, his new film composed of ten short 16 mm color segments (transferred from Super-8), it might seem that Doughton is trying to camouflage whether he is amateur or auteur. But even if you haven’t seen his earlier, more stylized efforts, it

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