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Pollock Essay

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For centuries artist along with society have placed an emphasis on meaning in a piece of art. Art has always consisted of subject matters, motifs and other pre-concieved ideas or thoughts about what one should use as their focal point in a work of art. The very definition of art though, is an appealing or attractive object created through any of the fine arts. Nowhere does it say that a work of art must have a concentration point. Not until the advent of abstract expressionism was the idea of “painting from the unconscious,”1 brought into the art scene.
                         This movement typically saw artist rapidly slinging, slapping and dripping paint onto large canvases with no emphasis on subject matters but rather spontaneity. Jackson Pollock who has been deemed the greatest american painter was one of the pioneers of this artistic movement. Pollock, the first painter to pour paint on the canvas with brushes instead of using brush strokes to apply it, circled his canvases which were placed across the floor, controlling the flow of the paint in a very rythmic matter.
                         The project which I have created was based upon the stylistic nature of Jackson Pollock's work. The freedom of this form of abstraction allows the creator to work freely without worry of making mistakes or even the inability to convey a specific message to the viewer. Pollock's influence upon my work runs strictly in the process itself. Being an athlete, action is the key to a performance. Whether its throwing a ball or swinging a bat, the relationship in the physical nature of Pollock's process holds many similarities to the physical aspect of a sport. This relationship is what's so appealing to me. Other forms of art confine you to standing in front of an easle or sitting at a desk. Pollock’s process on the other hand, allowed him to freely move around the painting while gracefully and sometimes rigorously applying his paint. Just like in sports, you have a general idea of how you want to perform but you don't always have control over the results. Abstract expressionism allows the...

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