In this day and age with social networking and everything available at a glance, I find that there is an incredible potential to connect, be engaged in the things and people you enjoy. This is the age of “LIKE” and generation “SHARE”. There is a lot of junk to sift through sometimes…most times…but the gems can be found. I would “LIKE” to “SHARE” one I have found. Dance photographer Travis Magee.
I have always said that the frustrating thing about dance, as an art form, is that you have to be there to get it. Dance is an experiential art. There is nothing you can pull out of the closet to share after it is all said and done. Pale video representations and flat images don’t translate the viscera of live performance. Travis Magee has done it, bottled the experience in his photography and has created something truly spectacular and breathtaking. He has captured the essence of the dance experience in a medium that can be taken out of the theaters, put on a wall and enjoyed every day.
In the summer of 2012, Magee spent 10 days in residency at DANCE NOW SILO, an 80 acre farm in Springtown, Pennsylvania with creative freedom to produce dance photography. He brought together 17 dancers from some of the world’s most prominent and influential dance companies including some of the Dancer With An Attitude’s all time favorites; Mark Morris, Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Larry Keigwin, Aszure Barton, Sean Curran and others. It was the first time so many dancers from such diverse backgrounds have come together for one photographer.
His kinetic images depict beautiful figures haphazardly caught in the middle of grand action. If I were to name this exhibit it would be “A Perfect Split Second”. The settings are rural, organic and wild but ironically the stable force in the composition. It is the dancers who are the unpredictable element, as though nature and human have switched roles.
The most incredible part of this work, and the part that is a testament to Mr. Magee’s talent, is that there aren’t any tricks involved. In a time when there is so much technology available to alter, composite and build images, his are achieved in one shot and not manipulated in Photoshop. He captures dynamic crescendo moments and, more importantly, visually represents what the experiences must have been like.
New Yorkers and surrounding art lovers have the privilege of experiencing Mr. Magee’s work first hand in his World Premiere Solo Exhibition “Silo.”
The opening night party is at 7pm Friday, November 16th at Space On White, a socially-conscious space for artists located in Tribeca that encourages collaboration and growth for artists and their audiences.
This exhibit can be enjoyed through New Year’s Day 2013.
If you are not fortunate enough to be near NYC to attend this gallery showing, then buy a picture, get the buzz out on your Facebook and Twitter webs or just throw money at him. If you love dance, do something to support this artist who serves the dance community so well. He is worth it.
Nov. 16th at 7PM- Jan. 1st, 2013
Space On White
81 White Street New York, NY 10013.
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