By: Joseph Foti, Marist Italy BA
The forms dance across the wall, their brief life preserved in a 2-5 second exposure in black and white. At first I found the burst of motion chaotic, but as my mind adjusted to the image, an overall sense of balance and life captured my attention.
Each piece in Perpetual Adage, a show by Alexander Marco Salazar, stood in a row on the wall, connected by white string, fusing the actions together into one movement. The images, 37cm by 37cm canvas prints, are faded and low contrast; the forms as a whole speak more than the individual body parts that made them. The dancers appear weightless, strong, balanced and very much alive in the adage, a set of exercises in ballet consisting of slow, fluid, and graceful movements. For Salazar, these pieces represent “movement, fluidity, and transformation of a classic dancer while performing an adage.” His goal was to capture the dancer within a period of time. By utilizing a long exposure viewers can see the different positions and movements of the adage and how the movements ebb and flow into one another. The figures are gaseous and intentionally blurred to create a sense of ambiguity of the human body.
One of the most striking pieces, “Flight”, stands out abruptly because it is the only piece in which you can see with detail the dancer’s face. Her expression of complete tranquility and calmness coupled with the blurred forms of her limbs creates an incredible contrast between not only the clear and the blurry, but the frozen moment within the captured span of time. This work beautifully highlights an aspect of human beauty that is incredibly hard to describe, but does so in a relatable and aesthetically pleasing way. Salazar’s exhibit is located at Palazzo Nazionale at the Guibbe Rosse in Piazza della Repubblica 13 until October 10, 2014.