Photographer James Starkman Makes Lincoln Center Debut With Solo Show, Captures Soaring Parkour Artists Mid-Flight
NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lincoln Center’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery presents Let Go: Moment in Movement. This series of photographic works featuring parkour artists will be photographer James Starkman’s first solo exhibition. The exhibition will coincide with the 39th Annual Dance on Camera Festival (January 28-February 1) and will run through February 17. A reception for the artist will be held February 4, 6-8pm. Hours: Monday through Friday 12:30 – 6:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 1:00 – 6:00pm. Gallery is located at 165 West 65 Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10023 (enter through The Walter Reade Theater).
Let Go: Moment in Movement captures the serendipitous photographic journey of James Starkman as he followed a group of parkour practitioners (known as traceurs) training in various urban environments in and around New York City. Parkour (pronounced “par-core”), also known as l’art du deplacement (the art of displacement) or freerunning, is a physical discipline that originated in France; parkour involves training to overcome any obstacle within one’s path by adapting one’s movements to the environment. What began for the artist as an exploration of the visual elements of parkour movement deepened into a personal inquiry into the emotional and spiritual resonance of the images he spontaneously caught on film. The result is this arresting collection of “moments” in movement, simultaneously revealing aspects of both artist and subjects as they “let go.”
Excited at the prospect of his first solo show, Starkman said, “In shooting Let Go: Moment in Movement, what first caught my attention was the aerodynamic, dance-like quality of parkour, but what really intrigued me was a fearlessness in their faces. I tried to capture the metaphoric possibilities of their kinetic movement, and felt I was experiencing private moments with them. Deirdre Towers, Dance Films Association Festival Director added, “We live in dangerous times. Everyone is living on the edge, not knowing what is going to happen next. The magic and grace of the Parkour artists, as captured by James Starkman, inspires us to live boldly and take risks. To let go!”
James Starkman is a Canadian-born photographer and artist who lives in Brooklyn.
SOURCE STARQ MEDIA