“I don’t work from drawings or color sketches. My painting is direct. I usually paint on the floor. I enjoy working on a large canvass. I feel more at home, more at ease in a big area. Having the canvass on the floor, I feel nearer, more a part of the painting. This way I can walk around it, work from all fours sides and be in the painting. Similar to the Indian sand paintings of the West.
Sometimes I use a a brush, but often prefer using a stick. Sometimes I pour the paint straight, right out of the can. I like to use a dripping, fluid paint. I also use sand, broken glass, pebbles, string. A method of painting is a natural growth, out of a need.
I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them.
Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.
When I am painting I have a general notion as to what I am about. I can control the flow of the paint, There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end….a painting has a life of its own, I let it live.”
Excerpt from the video Jackson Pollock 51
Hans Namuth and Paul Falkenberg (directors) Morton Feldman (composer)
Saturday, January 28th, marks the anniversary of Jackson Pollock’s (the father of Abstract Expressionism) 100th birthday.
This weekend celebrate his genius: visit a museum, view his work on an online gallery, buy a book, or watch “Pollock” directed by Ed Harris.