On Exploring an Expression

The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. (Walt Whitman)

The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation. (Michael Jackson)

What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. (Salman Rushdie)

Literature is the expression of a feeling of deprivation, a recourse against a sense of something missing. But the contrary is also true: language is what makes us human. It is a recourse against the meaningless noise and silence of nature and history. (Octavio Paz)

Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality. (Richard Courant)

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. (T. S. Eliot)

Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. (Ansel Adams)

What expressions to you see in the video?

38 thoughts on “On Exploring an Expression

  1. I see a multitude of expressions and emotions… so beautiful!
    Great choice of quotes! Here’s one more: “The art of mastering life is the prerequisite for all further forms of expression, whether they are paintings, sculptures, tragedies, or musical compositions.” [Paul Klee]
    Happy Weekend and New Moon! 🙂


  2. This dance video is gorgeous. It would be possible to interpret the “meaning” of it in words, but that would fail to capture the experience, which is so purely visual and kinetic…like trying to describe music also fails..you simply have to watch, listen, take it in.
    Expression is how the thing starts, but the circuit has to close with an impression—someone who receives the expression through physical movement, sound, sight, or reason.

    Here’s another quotation to add to the mix: “The object which is back of every true work of art is the attainment of a state of being, a state of high functioning, a more than ordinary moment of existence.” –Robert Henri, “The Art Spirit”.


  3. Yes, these fabulous dancers seem to cover every emotion. Gorgeous.
    To go with the dance video:
    “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
    ― Martha Graham


  4. I like the quotes you chose, Frank. They all attempt to explicate the meaning of life relative to different contexts: nature, mathematics, poetry, literature, photography, art. But at the core of the conundrum, there is no definable answer to the question. The meaning, I’ve decided, is in the quest and in the catharsis of discovering and marveling at pieces of the puzzle. One of those pieces is the wonderment of the human body, something the dancers display about as well as it can be done.


    • Jim,
      Good Morning Mr. Wheeler … I’ve missed your presence. I purposely selected the broad context you noted for the reasons you noted. Ah yes … great minds! … Great additional thoughts about the human body stretches the intent of this video. Well done.


  5. …”the sunshine of the light of letters…” by Whitman. beautiful imagery. also, the majestic human body so intricately designed and gracefully expressed in your video choice truly inspires one to always take care of oneself in the best way possible. have a wonderful week, Frank.


  6. What expressions did I see? The celebration of life, the struggle against a militarized force stripping independence and life away, the enduring human spirit and how easily it can be snuffed out. I saw joy and suffering, action and stillness. In essence I saw good and evil.


  7. You’ve touched my heart with the video on dance. It is my sanity … my muse … my life. Why ??? Because the human body can speak without words. Feelings can spill out without any effort and express exactly what the dancer wants to say. This is a powerful video. The dancers are artists creating a mural of messages. Art is an addiction for me. To say one thing about it, would give it no justice. Incredibly compelling, aFrank, Thank you for posting it. 😎


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