restricted access The Only Dynamic Art (USA, 1953)

Jim Davis’s manifesto describes his realization that the cinema was the only media that could properly encapsulate the demands of the twentieth century. Like Mary Ellen Bute before him, Davis—the director of such abstract films as Light Reflections (USA, 1952), Energies (USA, 1957), and Impulses (USA, 1959)—uses abstract cinema as a means to create a dynamic experience that expands in visual field and allows for the temporal, and not solely the static, to be the subject of visual art. While somewhat forgotten today, Davis’s visually stunning work greatly influenced Stan Brakhage, among many others.