Dripped and Pollock

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Jackson Pollock, Number 8, 1949


Welcome to Jackson Pollock’s secret lifetime story. Early 1950s, New York City—Jack, consumed by the desire to absorb the brilliance of his favorite artists, decides to steal their paintings and eat them. When he finishes every painting in his apartment, he tries to create his own. However, his still life turns out to be utterly nauseous. Originality might be the magic behind his artistic adventures. The film also shows us how Pollock developed his famed “drip paintings:” out of frustration. 

Just as the animated character literally consumes famous paintings of different time periods, Jackson Pollock’s work brought together elements of Surrealism, Cubism and Impressionism. Pollock grew up with great masters such as Picasso and Dali, shown in the short film as Cubist art hangs all over the walls of Met. Pollock understood the essence of art as it developed over time. His artistic style has, to some extent, kept the radical and the simplicity of past periods, and transcended them all. His paintings drew attention from around the world to the U.S. and carried art movement forward to a brand new period. The film ends with visitors standing in front of a wall in Met, now hung with Pollock drip paintings. 

Pollock’s greatness lies in his unconventional approach to paintings. He preferred laying canvas on the floor and rarely used a brush or a plate. Rather, Pollock dripped paint from sticks and knives, flung and poured it to create coiled lines while he moved around the canvas. He said, “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.” Pollock created art in action, which implies the actual application of paint is a form of art. He began to work in the air above the canvas, tracing the unwinding images in three-dimensional space. He merely started the process, the paint decided where it wanted to fall. Consequently, the painting we see now hanging in museums is just a part of the art, rather, the result of it. It extended to the application, when Pollock himself danced with his sticks and knives.

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