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no. 29 click on image to enlarge

Jackson Pollock

Pollock produced a number of paintings in the 1940s and 50s, pioneering his now-famous style. He would tack a large piece of canvas on the floor of his old shed, preferring the solid feeling of the earth to an easel. The brush would never touch the canvas, Pollock would simply move around the painting pouring and dripping colors as he saw fit. A photographer once watched Pollock produce a painting. Over the half-hour session he describes being entranced
by the playful focus of the painter. He moved like a dance, poured paint here and there, and then suddenly stood back and said "This is it."

To quote Pollock on what he experienced while he painted:

When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.
It is only when I lose contact with the painting that the result is a mess. Otherwise there is pure harmony, an easy give and take, and the painting comes out well.

Jackson Pollock Game
Click on link to play full screen, or move your mouse over the box below and see what happens. Hint: Click mouse to change color; hit space bar to erase canvas and start over!

I always thought of Jackson Pollock standing and throwing paint at his canvas. But this is a picture of the artist at work. Makes more sense this way- no drips!

The problem with viewing paintings online is we can't tell its texture and size, and much of the power in the painting is lost. Someday we will fix this problem and have great art online. Until then, I hope you can make it to an art museum- the trip, if only for one painting that moves you and stops you at the same time, is worth the trip!

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Comment by Headrick von Pizza Head on April 22, 2009 at 2:36am
I've seen a lot of these paintings in person in New York city, Washinton DC ,and Buffalo New York. These works must be viewed in person before passing judgment. Since scale and distance impact play a large part in both the appeciation, and enjoyment of this kind of work.When viewing these works in person is easy to get a feel for the physical process involved in this work. This is one reason why the term Action Painting was coined to describe this process. Another thing that can be appreciated when viewing these works in person is viewer will immediatly see the link to Asian art partcularly Oriental caligraphy, particularly with the works of Frans Kline,and Robert Motherwell.
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 22, 2009 at 3:40am
Hi Headrick,

I've had similar experiences with different artists... viewing the painting has been a completely different experience from viewing the print. Rothke was one- his paintings are alive in real life in a way that just isn't conveyed on a flat print. I could look at one of his paintings for 20 minutes, and feel engaged the entire time. But I was ready to enjoy that trip to the art museum, I was looking for the experience.

A few years before that, I had snuck into the art museum on a whim, something I hadn't done in 20 years. I was walking by the unmarked, side door downtown, and wondered if it still worked. It did! I was as nervous as a kid stealing a candy bar about being caught, so I immediately headed up to the second floor (they can't catch you on that floor, right?) and ran into an Andrew Wyeth exhibit of the Helga pictures. Oh great, I thought, crippled Christina with a view, Helga in braids, blah blah blah. And then it happened. I cannot adequately describe the experience. Two full rooms of Helga, full, full. Two hours later I came out of the rooms, other worldly, in awe with his obsession. Moved. Profound.

I went down to the gift store, remembering from when I was a kid that there was a coffee table book of his Helga paintings. Nothing. I got no feeling from it at all- just some boring photographs of some...ugly? lame? that's how I thought about Wyeth's art before- paintings in a book. Amazing, because of the experience I had just had- one of the deeper ones in my life, on any level.

By the way, the little Portland Art Museum finally fixed that security flaw when the first big exhibit came to town- from Egypt or China, I don't remember. No more sneaking in!

Comment by Gražina on April 28, 2009 at 10:07pm
Thanks Ellen :) good art teaching material!

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