Bob Sizoo

Moving Brushes

  • 420 x 500
  • Oil Painting
  • €

Moving Brushes is an exploration of continuity, change, and the fleeting nature of performance art. By combining the disciplines of dance, painting, music, fashion, and film, Bob Sizoo and Jinko Adams are able to facilitate a wordless dialogue between creatives and audience members.

The 45-minute performance is set against an original composition by violinist Shana Brown and drummer Zepp.

Over a huge canvas, five dancers engage in an ecstatic dance paying homage to the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Their ethereal movements are immortalized in thick blankets of vivid paint, caked-on like layers of sediment that build with the coming and going of the seasons.
The project draws from the diverse backgrounds of its participants in order to bridge the gaps between the sacred and the profane, as well as the individual and the collective. It demonstrates how artists can echo and build on each other’s creations to foster something greater than the sum of its parts.
With an aesthetic nod to Jackson Pollock’s dynamic action painting, the piece serves as an outlet for months of built-up tension and frustration resulting from the global restrictions put in place in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It affirms the sentiment of American writer, educator, philosopher, and art critic Harold Rosenberg:
“At a certain moment, the canvas [begins] to appear to one painter after another as an arena in which to act –– rather than as a space in which to reproduce, re-design, analyze, or ‘express’ an object, actual, or imagined. What was to go on the canvas was not a picture, but an event.”
This video is an excerpt from the full performance. In the future, Moving Brushes will move to select theatres, allowing you to participate in this exchange.
Dancers; Tatiana Spiewak, Leander Emanuel, Joley Groeizaam, Roberta Torentino and Jinko Adams Artist; Bob Sizoo Drummer; Zepp Violinist; Shana Brown Clothing by; N Barcelos Text by; Omar Ali Made possible by Soho House Amsterdam and Pre-Reserved