Line Dance: An Exhibit of Pen and Ink Drawings
Artist Karen Deutsch has followed an intriguing path in creating the vibrant works on display here at the Library.
As she wrote in her 2011 book, Dancing in the Dark, "From ‘Rolling like a Ball' in Kikki Windsor's dance studio in 1st grade to ‘Rolling the Dice' in Patricia Heigel-Tanner's ‘Art and Joy of Dance' C.A.L.L. class, I have loved dance both as a viewer and a participant. In recent years I began drawing at local performances, then from videos, to capture the essence of movement using pen and ink."
Whether looking at live performances or the large library of dance videos from legendary dance center Jacob's Pillow, Deutsch draws rapidly, saying, " Sometimes I am lucky enough to capture a moment or sequence that expresses the joy of movement and the power of line."
In this exhibit, Deutsch's dance drawings are suggestive of form as they depict the movement of bodies in space: the lines travel across the page to various rhythms, criss-crossing and circling one another.
A graduate of Hunter College, Ms. Deutsch also has a M.Ed. in Art Education from Penn State.
The exhibition is free and open to the public throughout the month of October.