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Blythe Bohnen

A dancer seeing Blythe Bohnen’s recent graphite drawings of “motions” remarked that they were about dance. This seems to have a certain truth, because going beyond mere depiction of random motion, they bear a resemblance to the vocabulary of choreographed movement, and the sequences of minimal or vernacular movements which characterize recent dance. Bohnen says, “My work defines and categorizes gesture to develop a vocabulary of forms possible through a single medium, a bar of graphite . . . motions consist of human actions on a surface such as pushing and pivoting.” Bohnen’s definition of her intentions shares a rhetoric with such dancers as Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown.

Language plays a special role in Bohnen’s work. Without a written description of the movements, one is initially overwhelmed by their soundless sensuality, which is like a dancer lost in a trance, performing without

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