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Pollock, Jackson that is....

Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31, 1950
I was reading a wonderful article on a piece of art that was being restored by Jackson Pollock. In this New York Times article the curators explain the complicated nature of Pollock's work as well as the insights they drew while repairing the piece of art that has never been seen in public.
Pollock's work has often been the subject of derision-  soliciting comments like, "I can do that.", " that seems so easy- just throwing paint on a canvas" and other uninformed responses. In point of fact, my father-in-la, Jack Pollock (no relationship to Jackson), had an original Jack Pollock on their hall wall- a piece that he created to look like a real Jackson Pollock. I hated it.

The Times article gives a much more detailed examination of what it took for Jackson Pollock to create these pieces. The article notes,

"...  these canvases “were really carefully conceived compositions.” Pollock he said, “looked at these paintings with a level of detail that was so great even we can’t understand it.”


I would never be so presumptuous to compare myself to the likes of this great artist, but I do understand that sometimes pieces that look so easy to compose are often difficult to execute.
I am at the engineering part of my new piece- trying to figure out how all the disparate pieces go together. I sit and stare at my board until I figure out what gets sewn in what order. I find it like 3 dimensional soduko- it challenges my brain and makes me think. It is also where I start to refine a piece. With overall massing done, it is at this point that I figure out precisely where a line starts and stops, what angle will be my final choice, and which color in my palette works the best. It is painstakingly slow- but like meditation. I listen to music in the background- and can spend hours and hours to get even one square foot to work. And I am sure that sometimes people may look at my work and think that there is not much to it... lines that are sewn together. But like Pollock, I understand that getting those lines to work is not as easy as it looks.