Jack Bullen

Jack Bullen aims to explore the portrayal of movement, transcribing Roudolph Laban’s theory of dynamics into paint, and reflecting on the relationship between dance and painting.Working in conjunction with practising dance artists, Jack choreographs dance pieces that are then used as the visual stimulus for series of mono-prints and paintings attempting to describe the dynamics of both dancers. Movement is explored through performance, sketches, long exposure photographs, other media and mono-prints acting as a rehearsal for the final work.

The work focuses on Laban’s theory of dynamics, a system that analyses the characteristics that occurs within movement with respect to inner intention. The difference between punching someone in anger and reaching for a glass is slight in terms of body organization. Both rely on the extension of the arm but the strength, control and timing of the movement are very different.

The geometry portrayed throughout Jack’s work represents the space in which the movement takes place. Laban maintained that all movement occurs within ones personal space or ‘Kinesphere’, represented in the shape of an Icosahedron.

When two spatial pulls are combined they produce planes in space as well as in the body. The combination of the horizontal and vertical dimensions results in what is called the door plane. The combination of the horizontal and the sagittal dimensions result in the table plane and the combination of the vertical and the sagittal dimensions create what is called the wheel plane. Together the diameters of all planes cross to form the centre of gravity of the body. Connecting the corners of the planes creates the shape of the Icosahedron.

Jack currently lives and works in London.

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