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Visual Arts

The effect of the Alexander Technique on both the creation, appreciation, and interpretation of the visual arts are scantily addressed in the Alexander Technique literature.

Articles – General

  • A short article by Dr Wilfred Barlow discusses how the Alexander Technique influences the artist in their view and portraiture of the body.[1]
  • A short article, ‘A painter’s training’,[2] by George J. D. Bruce concludes:

To summarise, an Alexander training will affect the artist’s work (i) from a point of view of intelligent selection of the material available, (ii) in better use of himself when handling his tools and materials whilst expressing those selections, and (iii) in the ability to retain a detached total control over the often rapidly changing situation which is taking place as the work progresses.[3]

Drawing

  • ‘Making a mark’ by Jane Brucker with Jeremy Wasser; on the physiology of drawing and the Alexander Technique, describing a number drawing exercises used in a workshop.[4]

Art Appreciation

  • ‘Inhibition in the picture gallery’ by Kerry Downes; on applying the Technique to looking at art, especially pictures in art galleries.[5]
  • ‘The use of the self in ancient Egyptian and Classical Greek cultures’ by Hans Georg Brecklinghaus; on interpretating the postures in Egyptian and Classical Greek art from a ‘structural’ (derived from Rolfing) perspective and a culture perspective, the change in belief system of man’s and woman’s place in the universe between the two cultures.[6]
References

[1] ‘Alexander’s ideas and visual arts’ by Dr Wilfred Barlow in More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 184-89.
[2] ‘A painter’s training’ by George J. D. Bruce in More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), pp. 190-91.
[3] ‘A painter’s training’ by George J. D. Bruce in More Talk of Alexander edited by Dr Wilfred Barlow (Mouritz, 2005 [1978]), p. 191.
[4] ‘Making a mark’ by Jane Brucker with Jeremy Wasser in The Congress Papers 2015, Empowering Humanity, Inspiring Science edited by Rachel Gering-Hasthorpe (STAT Books, 2016), pp. 143–50.
[5] ‘Inhibition in the picture gallery’ by Kerry Downes in The Alexander Journal no. 16 edited by Adam Nott (STAT, 1999), pp. 18–22.
[6] ‘The use of the self in ancient Egyptian and Classical Greek cultures’ by Hans Georg Brecklinghaus in The Congress Papers 1999, An Ongoing Discovery edited by Jean M. O. Fischer (STATBooks, 2001), pp. 123–31.
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