“Dancers throw themselves with spirals and a variety of rolls. At unexpected timings, dancers fill the canvas with a series of scribbles, streaks, lines and loops on the floor with paint of black, yellow, red, green and blue that is on their backs, feet and mittens. Ultimately, actions of painting and movements are melted into choreography, which arrive at a tangible picture, like a photo taken to capture a temporal moment.” (Christopher Moa, 2007)
Shen Wei is an artist which i have research throughout my dissertation. Very interesting work and brilliant way of tracing the body’s movement by using the body itself as a medium while performing.
From feedback received it was suggested to experiment with detailed drawings, once again combining movement with the human figure. This time, instead of depicting a sequence of images i chose to render a single figure with blurred out parts in the body to suggest the movement happening.
These where done using chalk pastels on A1 papers.
I am not sure about this result. First of all i believe that my previous gestural drawings depict movement in a better way than these drawings do. Secondly i still believe i need to practice this technique more often, as to achieve precise detail in the figure.
A few months ago, i worked on producing linear gestural drawings, which from feedback received, where thought to be the most effective method of capturing movement, when compared to experiments made with photographs, detailed drawings and mono-prints. The process to produce these linear drawings was very interesting due to the fact that a lot of movement was produced by myself as the artist; a topic which i have recently researched in my dissertation, where i explore the relationship between the movement made by the dancer and the movement made by the artist.
I started by downloading videos of dancers performing, projecting one video in slow motion onto a long paper and as the dancer performed, i traced her/his movement. Numerous experiments were produced both using charcoal and ink; ink seemed to work best as it was more fluent.
This is a project i want to develop in the coming weeks, this time, going larger in scale and also focus on recording myself in the process of producing these art works. This process will be presented along with my art piece.
Focusing on my chosen topic of how movement by the body can be captured, this image is a result of some photography experiments i produced. With the use of a fast shutter speed the figure is captured in a sharp image other than blurred out. This has been a common debatable element throughout my previous experiments on which method of photography represents movement best; the sharp vs. the blur.