Platonic

2013 | 00:20:40 | United States | English / Polish | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Love, Mental Landscape, Portrait

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In Dani Leventhal’s Platonic, geometric specters twirl in space; pet cats foam at the mouth; a little boy mistakes his junkie dad for a superhero; and a confused adolescent worries he has sired a centaur. Platonic references both the ancient philosopher’s metaphysics of ideal Forms, which simultaneously exist outside our perceptions and yet give rise to them, and the related meaning in common parlance of non-romantic love. Leventhal trains her searching lens on the distance separating bodies, moments, and perspectives. The result is a study in the awkward gaps between appearance and reality, seeing and understanding, desire and its object.

Note: This title is intended by the artist to be viewed in High Definition. While DVD format is available to enable accessibility, VDB recommends presentation on Blu-ray or HD digital file.

Exhibitions + Festivals

51st New York Film Festival, Views From the Avant Garde, New York, NY, 2013

Urban Video Project - Everson Museum of Art, Platonic, Syracuse, NY, 2013