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Dance 232 Quainat Zaman Professor Adler February 9, 2011 On Line: Drawing Through the 20 th Century I stepped into the bright white exhibit and was introduced to the wide exhibit by Trisha Brown’s drawing that appeared to be drawn on with wisps of blue smoke and as I progressed on I saw a meticulous image of lines with bumps on a paper that seemed tea stained, however, I soon realized this was the work of Alex Hay’s effort to measure angles on a sun dried cotton cellulous paper. After reading the description on Hay’s drawing, I remembered that my freshman year teacher had stated that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity. As I tread on I continue the journey of On Line: Drawing Through the 20 th Century and enter the worlds of La Monte Young, Robert Rauschberg and the twittering machine creator, Paul Klee. One of the first images I approached was that of Alex Hay’s lines drawn on cellulous cotton paper that took place in Venice, California. On this canvas, Hay painfully traces the bumps on this dried up paper and measures the degrees of each angle. The lines were rigid and accurate. It is interesting to notice that the lines were rigid and accurate considering the fact that according to fondation-langlois.org, at the time of his artwork’s creation, he was working for Merce Cunningham and Cunningham acted as a freethinker to a certain extent. From the documentary viewed in class, Cunningham broke from Graham’s teaching and danced the way he felt as well as without music. Hay’s complex art work seemed to mimic Graham’s stringent rules and less of Cunningham’s since each line was so meticulously drawn and measure. However, there were also other great works at this exhibition and one of them was La Monte Young’s portrayal of a young man lying face down on a wooden floor in front of a sheet of paper that literally had a straight line drawn upon it in thick black paint.
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