Artist Dominic Snyder on translating dance into visual art
'This work is less sculptured and solid, with more emphasis on rhythm and flow'
As the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham said: ‘Dance is an art in space and time. The object of the dancer is to obliterate that.’ Dominic Snyder’s work takes movement, dance and space as a stimulus, and here Glasgow Print Studio presents his visual response to movement and dance in the form of prints and drawings, some of which are presented as a digital sketchbook.
Responding directly to live dancers through drawing, Synder translates the drawn movements to produce drypoint and screenprints, as well as wire sculptures. ‘For me it’s about finding a way to capture movement using line and shape,’ says Snyder, whose previous printmaking work used jazz as a source of imagery and association, and although the medium has not changed, his interpretation of movement has. ‘This work is much looser and freer, less sculptured and solid, with more emphasis on rhythm and flow,’ he says.
The Snyver Project, founded two years ago with creative partner and dancer Penny Chivas, is the ongoing performative project from which the work on display has grown. The project has encouraged different media to influence one another, in a performative and unconstrained way.
Glasgow Print Studio, Fri 4–Sun 27 Apr.