Check out Katie Murray's exuberant depiction of a Queens, New York high school all-girl drill squad executing a complex series of precision movements at World Class Boxing, where the Big Apple photographer's first video is on view.
As the young women display their graceful and flowing moves on the hardwood floor of their school's gym in Girls in 4/4, the booming sound of their agile and powerful footsteps fills the gallery with a rhythmic, thunderous din. Murray spent four years filming footage for the video to capture the dynamic nature of the team, which included the artist's younger sister. Murray began by using still photography but found it too static to capture her collective portrait of youthful femininity, contemporary ritual, and the nature of urban pop culture and group dynamics. The resulting video aptly conveys her subjects' lithe bodies in forceful motion as they perform regimented routines that emphasize transitional movements, spatial synchronicity, and the expressive emotional gestures typically associated with dancers.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: June 22. Continues through Aug. 31, 2010