Jackson Pollack - Freedom of Expression & Video Showcase
Jackson Pollack - Freedom of Expression
Do you think Jackson Pollack enjoyed painting? Throwing paint around and feeling the dance of creativity? I do!
Why not try it?
Be a Pollack for the day!
Find a piece of plywood lying around, or anything really. Search out some old house paint or go to the hardware store and buy some of their sale stuff.. just a few colors is fine. It does not have to be a major expense, in fact, that is the point, in order to free yourself up, it needs to be as little expense as possible. Find some old junk.. old jewelry, even Christmas wrapping paper or weird things you come across. Next take it all outside and PLAY! Just PLAY.. no pressure for anything to turn out. Dump stuff on the plywood and be a Pollack for the day. Let it dry and then go back and play again over the same piece, building up a patina effect. Metallic paints are great for this too!
Pollack was a depressed fellow despite his propensity for enjoying the dance of art. The pressure of making a living doing art and getting some kind of acclaim by peers and society is huge. Mr Pollack also loved his booze and did not handle them well. It was booze that killed him in the end. Many consider a certain manic behavior from artists, that they have a dark side that mysteriously works its way on to canvas or clay or whatever. Do I? I guess in part yes I do. That will be disputed by many who read this and I totally understand. We can disagree as many will about the work of Pollack in general. For a long time I simply did not get it, can't anyone splatter paint around? That is how I viewed it. I have since changed my mind though. Artist during his era were trying to climb out of a very tight box and did it in various ways. This is what defined Picasso and Matisse. They used the knowledge they had about how to express themselves with art and danced with it. It is a trance like experience.
Paul Jackson Pollock:
Born January 28, 1912 Cody, Wyoming Died August 11, 1956 ... aged 44. Forty four years old, imagine that, still a young man. What a waste. He could not get past his demons though.
He was part of a group of abstract expressionism as I eluded to. One of his fans/patrons was acclaimed Peggy Guggenheim .
He married another important American painter, Lee Krasner
He perfected the technique of working spontaneously with liquid paint, pouring, splattering on canvas. He then began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and developed what was later called his drip technique. The drip technique required paint with a fluid viscosity so Pollock turned to then new synthetic resin-based paints, called "gloss enamel", made for industrial purposes such as spray-painting cars, much like I suggested YOU try in my opening paragraph.. just grab any paint on hand and feel free with it. Pollock's technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting. Be non conventional!
In 1956 Time magazine dubbed Pollock "Jack the Dripper as a result of his unique painting style.
Try it you may like it.
Turn on the music!
TURN ON SOME BILLIE HOLIDAY
as you enjoy my lens.
(Music can also be purchased below)
Great Jackson Pollack Things
So who was this guy and why did he drink so much? Read and learn
Famous people in fatal car crashes.. crazy
The man and his paintings
Jackson Pollack Quotes
“The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.”
“It doesn't make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something has been said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”
“When I am in a painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It is only after a sort of 'get acquainted' period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about 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.”
“Abstract painting is abstract. It confronts you. There was a reviewer a while back who wrote that my pictures didn't have any beginning or any end. He didn't mean it as a compliment, but it was.”
“Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.”
“The strangeness will wear off and I think we will discover the deeper meanings in modern art.”
“The modern artist…is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing the energy, the motion, and other inner forces.”
“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”
“It [abstract art] should be enjoyed just as music is enjoyed – after a while you may like it or you may not.”
“I'm very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you're painting out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge.”
Feel the Moment
Can't you just feel the moment in the pic below?
Billie Holiday CD's
Click the link and it will bring up a REALLY FUN site where you can be a Pollack without the mess. Given to my by our friend Tippi.. yay Tippi!!
- Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas, original design by Stamen, press any key to s
Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas, 2003, original flash animation by Michal Migurski
Is it ART?
Some people don't consider Pollack's work as art.. preferring for realism.... and you?
Is it ART?
Arousal Isn't That Far Away and Yet Once Abused May Never Return Again in Quite the Same Way
poem by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen
The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.. said Pollack.. When I think of him my guess is that he was pretty darn sexual as a lot of artists are.. thus this poem:
"Arousal Isn't That Far Away and Yet Once Abused May Never Return Again in Quite the Same Way"
How to make him want you
isn't that the query?
How to make her move
each others muse?
Arousal isn't that the far away.
may never return again
in quite the same
He painted her face
with a brush he found in the desert.
Too dry to measure colors
too distant to understand her portrait.
He took out his palette
ran his collection of jealous memories
through his selfish mind
and implanted his intended mood
onto an empty canvas.
So many choices could have been made
there were softer pigments
on that eerie day
that most assuredly could have been embraced.
A time or seeking tenderness
breezes on the skin
on warm afternoons.
Shared views of a mountains terrain
gentle creeks delivering sparkles
for the sky to meet.
Rainbows to step inside of
as fairy terns fly
A princess is dreaming
didn't he know?
He had captured her lovely face
or was it years ago?
Time brings mistakes
and everybody makes them
often without meaning to
and lose their way.
How does one wipe out crimes
after finding times of misjudgment?
from day to day
from second to second
Passion is often hard to define
we know it when we live it
heart of yours
heart of mine
heart of anyone who breaks
or fails to dream farther.
When the rain comes
and you know it will
consider that portrait painter
who had gathered dust
from an anger he'd instilled.
letting go of a princess
he once truly did
Love floods in
lusts reach an unmeasurable tune
romance fills the air
and no one else in this world matters
Eyes gloss over
time is spent another way
and thus a princess
once so cherished
enough to fill a room with roses
becomes a sad song
under a pitiful
find their places
disrupting what was ever true.
Masks in place
and all the while a mood it set
beyond an artists room.
Lights too dim to understand
that colors cannot possibly breathe
beyond a mindset
is no longer
So, how to make him want you
or how to make her move?
Arousal isn't that the far away.
I guess that's what they say.
may never return
in quite the same exotic way.
And isn't it pathetic
those clouds that pass by
and fail to offer moisture
to a deserts brush
for a betrayed painters eye.
ABOUT Kathy Ostman-Magnusen: I am an artist, represented by Monkdogz Urban Art, New York. ORIGINAL ART may be purchased through Monkdogz: http://www.monkdogz.com/chelseagallery/artistart/M...
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The image is of my sculpture "Bleeding Wings 5"
Pollack Link List and Me
- Jackson Pollock Online
Jackson Pollock [American Abstract Expressionist Painter, 1912-1956] Guide to pictures of works by Jackson Pollock in art museum sites and image archives ...
- Jackson Pollock Biography
Discusses the life and death of American artist Jackson Pollock, his battle with alcohol, and his love for paint.
- Paint your own Jackson Pollock painting
Jul 17, 2007 ... If you'd like to do a little Jackson Pollack painting of your own, head on over to JacksonPollock.org. Just click on the blank screen with ...
- Kathy Ostman-Magnusen's "Nude Art"
Kathy Ostman-Magnusen's "Primal Series" on Barebrush.
- Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery - 547 West 27 Street New York City
I am represented in New York by Monkdogz Urban Art