Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Autumn Rhythm, Pollock

The natural elements of this painting are founded in Pollock's own belief in what he painted. It was not haphazard drizzles, but a channeling of the unconscious.

"I'm very representational some of the time, and a little all of the time. But when you're working out of your unconscious, figures are bound to emerge. … Painting is a state of being. … Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is."

Working with the canvas on the floor, this piece was created from all sides. The method as well was revolutionary and new for the time. The paint found its place on the canvas through numerous ways. Pollock often adjusted its form once on the campus, using any tool you could think of besides the conventional paintbrush. While it looks uncontrolled and hectic, Pollock testified that in its primal state, it was still a piece of art of great concentration: 

"I can control the flow of paint: there is no accident."

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