B9 Movement by Gesture

Movement can be expressed by the wave of a hand or the bounce of a ball. All motion produces a trail. Point A to point B has an “in between” stage. Motion has a path, whether it’s straight and simple or convoluted and complex; continuous or interrupted.

Laszlo Maholy-Nagy’s racing poster confronts the viewer with the promise of speed and reverberation. Marcel Duchamp’s groundbreaking “Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2” expresses through gesture the complex, dynamic movement of an everyday act. Kurt Schwitters’ simple collage of tickets and torn papers affect a different form of gestured movement than that expressed by Duchamp, as does Theo van Doesburg and Kurt Schwitters’ cascading DADA collage, Francis Picabia’s layout of gears and edges, David Carson’s photo of an ascending collage of type and shapes, Alberto Morales’ construct of the color yellow, and Jean Arp’s running, twisting torso.

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girdcollageTorso Preadamite by Jean Arp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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