The Post-Photographic Body: See Me as I Feel
Paintings by Peter Sparling
Renowned Michigan dancer, choreographer and video artist Peter Sparling presents his first solo exhibit of acrylic paintings at Ypsilanti’s 22 North Gallery, 22 N. Huron St. during the month of October. Recently retired from U-M as Rudolf Arnheim Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Dance, Sparling features self-portraits that seamlessly translate the visual and visceral immediacy of a dancer’s body to canvas. Highlighting muscular flow and kinetic force via dynamic use of brush stroke and coloration, Sparling uses his own moving body as subject to create a series of “acrylic selfies”. Culled from the past five years of work, the selection of paintings moves beyond photograph to communicate a tactile presence and physical sensation: what it feels like to be seen in a heightened state of expressive motion.