writing samples

September 14, 2012

I just found these writing samples, having no idea what they were for, thought i would put them here. They were written 9 years ago – a mystery:


Three Writing Samples


1) The Stone Door, by Leonora Carrington (St. Martin’s Press).


Leonora Carrington’s work consistently offers doorways into remote and surreal universes. The Stone Door, however, both story and visual art piece, does this doubly so. First, the induction into the complex world of Carrington’s imagination by the cover, through a spread of hazy hues, packs of semi-recognizable animal-beings, and human expressions that evoke the complexity and subtlety of emotion. Within this vision, you will find a story that embeds within it myriad landscapes, multiple journeys. The narrative pathway leaps through territory, driven by symbolic imagery, including a floating egg, the backroom of a collector’s life work, and a train-ride in search of Alchemical originary scrawls. The story invokes the substratum. In The Stone Door, what is revealed is an epic journey through time and space that both instantiates and advances human imagination. The art of this story is rivaled only by its artifice.



2) Handbook in Motion: An account of ongoing personal discourse and its manifestation in dance, by Simone Forti (The Presses of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and New York University).


Handbook in Motion is a small collection of notes, drawings, prose, and photographs, over more than a decade of Simone Forti’s early span as a movement improviser. The texture of the images and the composition of her writings manage to demonstrate how dance can leap off the page. It shows how writing on dance has the possibility to be its own kind of movement invention. The book is replete with examples of Forti’s Judson-era experimental movement scores, as well as stories of her journey into creative exploration on the road to California and Anna Halprin in the late sixties. The narrative provides the reader with one multiplicitous view in the shared research that led to revolutions in dance and performance in the ‘70’s, in New York’s downtown dance scene. The book’s eclectic compilation is balanced with rich discovery, a quality of investigation that emerges only from the depth of an embodied research.


3) “Anim-A-Still,” ink and collage on canvas, by Laura Corsiglia


Laura Corsiglia’s “Anim-A-Still” is a delicate and simple composition in her current series in collage, painting, and multiple media. The scope of Corsiglia’s work ranges from massive, colorful landscapes to time-based visual art and video, such as “Cross-Pollination,” in which actors wear masks that Corsiglia has designed from characters in her dreams, are invited to find the archetypes from their own physicality, and act them onscreen and on-stage simultaneously. “Anim-A-Still,” however, is so basic that one might not catch hold of its subtle beauty at first, which rests in the composition, the clarity of line, and the loft that comes from a bird possibly taking flight. The simplicity of the image is a counterpoint to its texture and emotion. One can get drawn to the evocative nature of the subjects’ eyes – with what softness does this character face the observer, and from what kind of cage does the bird arrive, so fully demonstrating caginess, through a few mere ink strokes of the artist’s hand? The collages invite you to wonder what the next moment will bring, with action inextricably linked to the stillness.


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