NY Studio Gallery Reception & Shining Mantis Open Studios Blading Article

Check out the article featured on the Zonisphere site written by Jay Greendyk. The article recaps Billy O’Neill’s front torque photo taken by Austin Paz. “The rollerblader. A gymnast, dancer, trapeze artist of the raw material of urban, capitalistic infrastructure. A representation of the internal volatility and unpredictability of a global capitalistic economy, that is, a resource-based perception of society and culture that seeks a freedom rooted in financial interactions, an idealism of liquidity.

December 17, 2010. At the foot of the stairs of a worldwide financial institution in the Big Apple kneels a man with a video camera equipped with a fisheye lens. In moments he captures the fleeting event wherein a man on rollerblades, twisting his ankle in nearly unnatural contortions, locks and dangerously slides and balances a specially carved groove onto and down the surface of a circular handrail measuring 1 ¼” in diameter and rising 34” from the stairs in agreement with the ICC/ANSI A117.1 standards for accessible and useable buildings and facilities.

Translated into the patois of rollerblading, he has performed what is called a ‘torque,’ representative of the twist and pivot of the body supported in sliding on one ankle bent against the downward slope of the handrail in a sensation of pushing. Further representative, then, of the twist and pivot in perspective from building codes to performance art, exemplified as the latter in the hyperbolic focus of the fisheye lens, thereby drawing out the political discourse of idealized resistance in the push against the slippery slope of entropic capitalistic tendencies.” – Jay Greendyk. See the full article on Zonisphere.

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2 Responses to “NY Studio Gallery Reception & Shining Mantis Open Studios Blading Article”

  1. Ray Mendez Says:

    YES…!
    Now this is what I’m talking about… eloquence in Rollerblading…
    Simply beautiful… Well Done..! & Thank You..!

    Congrats Mr. Greendyk

  2. roll Says:

    i cant believe someone actually wrote all of that 20th century French intellectual garbage, then decided that other people should see it. Takes so much of the raw beauty from rolling.

    That whole piece completely disregards the incredible amount of love Billy has for rolling and tries to flip it as some political/ social message.

    “Further representative, then, of the twist and pivot in perspective from building codes to performance art, exemplified as the latter in the hyperbolic focus of the fisheye lens, thereby drawing out the political discourse of idealized resistance in the push against the slippery slope of entropic capitalistic tendencies.”

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