Pollock On Pollock 's Technique

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Pollock’s Technique The technique that Jackson Pollock adopted was referred to by many as ‘drip’ painting. This technique can be seen in his works of art from 1937 and on. The way in which Pollock created his ‘drip’ paintings would be by taking ordinary house paint and either pouring, drizzling, or flicking it across a canvas. To many critics and other artists, his technique appeared odd, especially since he was known for not using any ordinary artist’s tools. He removed himself from the confines of what an artist was expected to use by getting rid of his easel and paintbrushes. “Pollock succeeded by eliminating the brushstroke as a mark of gestural energy, in getting his labyrinth of colours to emerge in a more or less autonomous way on…show more content…
“Like the American Indians who let sand run through their clenched fists to make very artistic patterns and circles at their feet, Pollock created tangled webs of proliferating lines, curves, swirls and patches in pure paint” (Köster & Röper, 2006, pp 152). When Pollock was witnessed painting, people would refer to him as ‘dancing across the canvas’. Each painting was like a dance routine and he let the painting guide his hand around and around in circles until it was completed. Pollock did not like for his audience to be able to identify any trace of academic artistic quality. He was even notorious for signing his paintings by pressing the palm of his hand down onto the wet paint. It was efficient for him, especially since in his ‘drip’ paintings he would never lift a brush. What this did to his work then was no longer did he display a replica of a scene or person like most landscape and portrait artists, but instead he displayed his fluent motion. As Jackson Pollock he began to introduce this technique he began to drop the titled of his paintings. Instead of calling the paintings by an actual name, he would instead number them. The idea behind this was so that people who looked at his art would not be focused so much on figuring out what the name means and figuring out how it projects a hidden meaning behind the artwork. The audience would alternatively have to come up with their own meaning for the artwork in addition to
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