For this Library Friday feature, steve mckenzie’s team member, Xavier Neuner is back – and this time he brings a debate!
Xavier selected “Jackson Pollock: A Biography,” as his choice this Library Friday, and offers some unique insight into the work of this timeless artist…
Hello avid steve mckenzie’s readers, This week’s Library Friday topic brings us a debate that has been going on for years – Jackson Pollock! Is his work a breath-taking, original idea, or a product of a lazy man’s way to fame?
I personally believe Pollock’s work is ground breaking for the time. The definition “to paint” is to cover a surface or object with paint. Nowhere did the definition state that an artist needs a paintbrush to apply paint on a surface.
Jackson Pollock was the first artist to fully grasp this concept. As his painting styles evolved he began to experiment with dripping the paint onto canvas.
My friends and family know how I act when we go to a museum or art gallery. Rarely do I stop and stair at artwork during an exhibit, unless I am engulfed in the technique of the piece. When I saw Pollock’s “One Number 31, 1950” for the first time, I felt like Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller’s best friend. I couldn’t help but observe how many layers of paint make up the texture on the canvas. He truly understood in order to paint all a person needs is paint and a surface.
We love learning Xavier’s take on some of our favorite works in the steve mckenzie’s library! What are your thoughts – do you agree with Xavier, or have an alternate point of view?! Please share in the comments, we’d love to know your thoughts!