Jackson Pollock on Art #14

Jackson Pollock Retrospective in Eighteen (18) Parts
Part #14


American Treasure – Jackson Pollock

“My painting
does not come
from the easel.”

~ ~ ~

“The strangeness
will wear off
and I think
we will discover
the deeper meanings
in modern art.”

– Jackson Pollock


Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock was best known for his unique style of drip painting, never making contact with the canvas. This method has inspired many to try to do their own ‘Pollock’, more to honor than to copy.

Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and was infamous for his notoriety. The major artist of his generation and a recluse, with an erratic personality. He was more than an alcoholic. I conjecture, he suffered from shifting moods. Hypothesis: he was always skating on the edge of bipolar. At least, that is the appearance. Knowing inside what happens outside, I would say the alcohol was a way of self-medicating to remove the haunting darkness.

In 1945, he married the artist Lee Krasner, who became his grounding force. She tried to go with what he needed but his temper was hurtful and cutting; and during his life while married to Krasner, the most difficult behavior for her to bear was his involvement with younger women. So when he wasn’t being a good husband and friend, he was like Greta Garbo, “I want to be alone” or I need to escape from everything. All the while, I would expect, he thought most about getting back to work while feeling he was always being pulled away from it. His soul needed to express what poured forth from the creative forces all around him. He needed to paint.

***In August 1949, Life Magazine ran a leading headline that invoked the question: “Jackson Pollock: Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?” Already famous in the New York art world, Pollock’s artistic reputation was widely known. He was American’s first “Art Star”—with his daring and radical style of painting continuing to change the path of modern art. Pollock was tormented. It plagued the artist throughout his life. I would estimate his tortured soul was driving him toward his obsessive need to paint, a way to express what communed with his soul. It helped orchestrate his wildly passionate innovative art—but still the darkness haunted him. He struggled with self-doubt; and became engaged in a lone battle between needing to express himself and shutting out the world. Pollock was in a downward spiral. It threatened to destroy the grounding his marriage provided with Lee Krasner, his gifted career, and ultimately his life. It ended with Pollock wanting to abandon the world in what appeared to be on a calm and clement summer night in 1956.

During one of his drunken episodes while out drinking with some young women, he was feeling wild inside while driving exceedingly fast, the top down. With a liquor bottle in one hand, he intentionally aimed his car off the road, crossing a field into what appeared to be a maze of trees. There was a crash. Pollock was killed. He was only 44. Cause of his death was declared to be an alcohol-related single-car accident when he was driving.

After Pollock’s death, there were retrospectives created by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and The Tate of London. One four months after his death in December 1956, and then some forty years later in 1998 and 1999. His paintings sell now in the nine figures, ex. $140,000,000 for one painting in a relatively recent acquisition. It’s amazing how artists reap the riches for the wealthy investor, whether they enjoy the works they purchase, it really is an investment to appreciate their already obscene fortunes. And we, as a government in the USA [the RePubs], deign to support the arts, wherever they should be found. How screwed up is that? Let the artist suffer. The art will be improved. The message is clear the artist, whether painter, poet, writer, film maker or other forms of art (there are so many forms in which to express art). It scares the shit out of those who think they are the power center. Power is their illusion. The artist, inside, sees the truth, even if it’s not always clarified in the beginning. Meaning grows with its filtering in the minds of those who can see or try to see. Eventually the light shines upon its ever changing interpretations of Truth. – j.kiley

Weekly Writing Challenge #74

Weekly Writing Prompt #74
Week of 30th Jan. 2017

DOOR Template Instructions=====================

(5) Words: | ROLE | RULE | STONE | PIERCE | ROOM |

Poetry Suggestions
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five-line poem on any theme – syllables
’28’ Form (4 x 7) or (7 x 4) lines & syllables or lines
Free Verse – No Limitations
See [POETRY PAGE] for further instructions
Fictional Suggestions
Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
***One main character
***Room for one scene
***Main conflict in first sentence
***Room for a single plot
***Room for a single, simple theme
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it
***Save the twist until the end
***Eliminate all but essential words

Use your best judgement

Remembrance: Marcel Proust #82

Remembrance: Marcel Proust
Part #82

Moments from
“Remembrance of Things Past”


“She poured out Swann’s tea,
inquired “Lemon or cream?”
and, on his answering “Cream, please,”
said to him with a laugh:
“A cloud!”

And as he pronounced it excellent,
“You see, I know just how you like it.”
This tea had indeed seemed to Swann,
just as it seemed to her;
something precious,
and love has such a need
to find some justification for itself,
some guarantee of duration,
in pleasures which without it
would have no existence
and must cease with its passing.”

― Marcel Proust

ghost of proust at grave


1-soar_officialposterTwo people with huge differences. They come to terms with the surprise meeting and eventually realize they could work together. A strange pairing but willing to discover a problem to enable one to overcome and to move on with their challenge. It served as a solution to the resolution of both their understanding of their mutual situations.

2-soar-young-girlI don’t want to reveal too much but if you think of Antoine de Saint Exupéry, a famous pilot, an adventurer, and an author who gave us Le Petit Prince, His imagination is infused in the two young people, one a girl and the other the tiniest of boys and both love the idea of flying. He does and was part of a group of flyers until he crashes. Before he does, the young girl is trying everything from her drawing board to get her small plane to stay up in the air long enough to prove she had worked out the theory of flying herself, also.

3-soar-when-they-first-meet-the-girl-and-the-very-small-boyThe two meet. The wee one is reluctant and frightened by the girl, though she tries to convince him she is not going to harm him. The interaction and what transpires is a marvel to see. Differences do not have to be insurmountable. People when being sensible can turn out to be just what they were looking for. It works in SOAR. It was a matter of finding trust and believing untill success triumphs.

4-soar-girl-trying-to-help-wee-boy-to-fly-againTwo strangers actually making each other understand what they needed to solve; what they were needing and looking for. A friendship was being made without anyone’s awareness. It is possible for people from two different worlds to develop understanding and actual aid in the other’s reaching success through co-operation. A great example for children and adults to learn through the watching of the growing the tiny boy and the young girl succeed at reaching in SOAR. Watching this film is a delight and something special transpires and a gift is given at the end which will enrich the viewer and make us all smile.

5-soal-one-version-of-fixing-flying-vehibleThere is word mentioned in the writing below the film video, this film story may be made into a feature film. It won many awards for being one of the best short films. It is beautifully created. Animation at its best quality. Have fun watching. I did and feel whomever decides to take the journey in this short film will SOAR with excitement and will find great satisfaction. Watch it with a child if you know one. They will also love SOAR, I believe.. – j.kiley


SOAR: An Animated Short – Alyce Tzue

Length…6m 14s
Genre…Adventure, Friendship, Fantasy. Animation, Scientific
Language…Non-speaking, Body Language
Written and Directed…Alyce Tzue
Inspired by…Hayao Miyazaki and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [The Little Prince]

A cross between Miyazaki and Pixar, SOAR is an award-winning 3D animated movie about a young girl who must help a tiny boy pilot fly home before it’s too late. facebook.com/SOARfilm

Soar was created as Alyce Tzue’s thesis project in school. What began as a toil of love by first-time filmmakers ended up catching the eyes of festivals all over the world. Soar is the proud 2015 Gold Winner of the 42nd Student Oscars, Best Student Animation Winner at Palm Springs, Finalist at the Student BAFTAs, and has screened in the Hamptons, St. Louis, Seoul, Austin, and more.

The Soar team is beyond grateful for your support. We believe the film’s surprise success is proof of its message: when you put in everything you’ve got, sometimes you achieve more than you ever expected.

There are plans to make Soar into a feature length film inspired by the sensibilities of Hayao Miyazaki and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince.

For more information, please contact Alyce Tzue at alyce.tzue@gmail.com.
Written and Directed by Alyce Tzue – alycetzue.com
Music by Jack Gravina – jackgravina.com
Produced by Anson Yu – ansonyu.tw@gmail.com
VFX Supervisor Derek Flood – imdb.com/name/nm0282541
Created at the Academy of Art University – academyart.edu
Visit soarfilm.com
Full credits at soarfilm.com/credits/credits.html
Follow us on FB at facebook.com/SOARfilm

Originally appeared on Expats Post