Jackson Pollock- True Artist?
I was actually writing a ghost blog earlier today about Jackson Pollock. As I thought back to my Art History class I remembered the debate about his work and how so many people say that it “looks like a two year old painted it”. I too was in agreement at one time. However, when you take a deeper look into the man behind the canvas you have to have some respect for the man.
Pollock liked the idea of democratic ethos and rhythmic form, the styles that Thomas Hart Benton created. Pollock, rather than using this style for his artwork though, had a more radical look. He was more left wing, having a working-class view of his artwork. Pollock liked to create his pieces using colorful splatters, dripping, or spraying. His work exhibited a natural appeal.
Pollock created art pieces to help or heal others. He would lay his paint into the “splatters” of meaningful color, and then he would have the troubled client lay in the paint. Laying in the paint allowed the pigment to absorb the pain, illness or negativity. Pollock would then destroy the painting, in turn destroying the problem. You cannot help but have respect for this artistic motivation.
So, Pollock’s work may look immature, but it is in way so. This is proof that art is much more than some people see.