Jackson Pollock and Abstraction

Many of our projects in class so far have focused on abstraction. A major artist who excelled in this area was Jackson Pollock, who made many pieces of artwork using a technique reminiscent of what most people know as a “splatter-painting “. While many people find Pollock’s work frustrating, there can often be a lot to read into it based on the colors, the spacing of the lines of paint, and the overall tone that the entire presentation sets for the work.  A few summers ago, I had the chance to visit Pollock’s home in Long Island where you can see the floor of his studio that he painted on, covered with remaining splatters of leftover paint that didn’t make it onto the canvas. It was really cool to get this window into Pollock’s life and gain a deeper understanding of the process that was behind these major abstractionist works.

For more information, check out the website of the museum here: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/pkhouse/housestudio.php

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