Barry Woods Johnston

Ballerina - Bronze sculpture by Barry Johnston


1998, Bronze, 10" x 23", Edition 20

Ballerina (MED) 2001, Bronze, half life-size 2'10"x3'3"x1'6" Life-size was awarded ‘Best in the Show’ 1990 National Arts Club Annual. Fully extended in a forward lunge, this piece was inspired by an instantaneous moment seen years earlier in the Broadway production, “Dance”. The gesture is strong from every view. The commonality, the universal awareness of humanity that is expressed in this piece, of course, especially in anatomy, applies to everyone. It was the outer features of the figure that make us uniquely personal and individual, while the inner features create the dynamic, fluid action of the movement. But it’s the interplay between the inner anatomy and outer surface that creates the illusion of movement in sculptural form. In contrast to the flat literalism of photography, abstraction and movement in art help stimulate the imagination. True understanding comes through a living perception of the way things actually work, both internally and externally. But the creative process is not just expressing the issues of the mind and heart. Art is also creating a bridge of communication. As such, the art process is interactive; it is kinesthetic. Not only is creating art about abstract thinking, but about kinesthetic feeling. Because sculpture is three dimensions frozen in time, it tends to be even more kinesthetic.


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