Today I thought I would talk about Jackson Pollock. Here's one of his most famous paintings:
It's called Number 1.
I'm not sure if it was his first painting or not. You see this painting all over the place, usually accompanied by the comment, "Sheesh, I could do that with my eyes closed." Well, maybe, but that's not the point. He wasn't trying to show off his mad skills with this painting. The canvas for this thing is 7 feet tall and 10 feet long. To paint it, he sat the canvas on the floor and flung paint at it, like this:
This is the art for Jackson Pollock, not the end result. It was his movements that were the art form. The creation of the painting was the beautiful part. He never let a paintbrush touch the canvas. He created it all on the spot. It was a completely random yet beautifully choreographed dance, almost. This is how he described the process in his own words: "I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides, and literally be in the painting."
The art of Jackson Pollock is beautiful because it all hearkens back to the beauty of its creation. Other painters and sculptors began doing the same thing. Painters began making brushstrokes more visible, sculptors left thumbprints and tool marks deliberately behind. The creation of art can be just as meaningful as the end result.