Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Over time the world of art has went through many stages, each era opens up a door to many new styles and techniques. One person responsible for one of the most important and innovative developments in art is artist Jackson Pollock. With his innovative technique of dripping he introduced a new style of painting while at the same time reassuring artist that art is about self expression, this style can be seen in one of his most famous paintings, ”Convergence.”
Jackson Pollock was an American painter that is considered to be one of the leading exponents of Abstract Expressionism, mostly for the style known as Action painting. The technique of action painting can be seen in Convergence, but Convergence was not his first and only painting using the style of action painting. 1947 was the first time Pollock used the process of pouring or dripping enamel or aluminum paint onto a flat canvas in stages, often taking weeks of alternating periods of painting and contemplating to finish a canvas. Before 1947 no artist had been using a style such as this one, if Pollock hadn’t introduced it there would be no such thing as action painting. When Pollock painted the Convergence in 1952 he emerged into public notice, since the novelty of his “drip” or pouring technique overshadowed his obsession with the personal expression which that technique may have permitted. Although Pollock was mostly recognized for his drip technique and not his will to express himself, the self assurance he showed to follow his own technique made him more famous thus giving other artist someone to look to for motivation. Artist now know that it is ok to experiment and find new ways to express oneself through art. These are some reason why Jackson Pollock’s Convergence is considered an important and innovative development in the history of painting.
Browsing through some of our times most promising contemporary artist, i was able to find one that interest me the most.The artist I found most interesting is Alfredo Jaar. Jaar was born in Santiago, Chile in 1956. He attended Instituto Chileno until 1981 and Universidad de Chile until 1981. After graduating Jaar emigrated from Chile to pursue work in New York where he currently resides. Through installations, photographs, film, and community-based projects Jaar tackles issues such as genocide, epidemics, and famines. For his work Jaar has received various awards; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foun. Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foun. Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.
One of Jaar's work that interested me the most is one made in 1998, " Let There be Light." A photograph placed in front of a light box so that the light shines from behind the photograph. In the photo are two young boys of African descent hugging each other, in the distance you see a community of people but you can not distinguish their faces. This photograph is realistic so materials that may have been used are minimal; a light box, camera and film. The phrase let there be light is often used for its metaphorical meaning of dispelling ignorance and comes from the third verse of Genesis in the King James Bible. This artwork was made to bring attention to the ongoing holocaust in Rwanda. This art has current concerns because in Rwanda people are still being divided by a modern day holocaust.