These are camera captures of art in motion, a free movement in Asbury Park Beach frozen into shapes of eternal energetic splurge! A merge of landscape and moving portrait, these works exhibited at Noyes Museum in 2018. Dance is said to be the highest form of art. It is creation at its most dynamic state! Here’s recalling visions of a great dancer, Martha Graham, who formulated a dance genre all her own!
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through your into action. And because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” – Martha Graham
“Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it. This might be called the law of the dancer’s life” – Martha Graham
The quest for an authentic expression finds roadblocks, most of the time…it is these roadblocks that forge a purer form of expression, on that springs from pleasure, galvanized by pain and materializes from the inevitability of the dancers truth. In my ongoing attempt to address the space between movement of dance and stasis of its captured stills, I notice each instance is a state of perfection, that there is no precedent, nor is there a new one – each movement is as new and terrifying in its potential for extreme hope and deep despondence.