4 responses to “Action Jackson”
my favourite writer david antin talks about his early art criticism essays in which he defends the role of the artist as obstacle. if we think about a definite distinction between ‘art’ and ‘life’ (which i think that a consumer-driven society makes) then we see that the relationship between ‘art’ and ‘everyday’ can only be reclaimed by the artist becoming an obstacle to the spectacle of art as transcendental. i’m not entirely sure if i want to apply this specifically to pollock — i’d need to think about it a bit more — but the argument of ‘anyone could have done that’ should, in my opinion, be a compliment to an artist. everyone should be making art, should be making art as they make their everyday.
[…] Today is Jackson Pollacks’ birthday…. why not celebrate it by making a Pollack-inspired piece of artwork? I found this nifty place where you can make your own Pollack-esque digital art. Just drag around your mouse and virtual “paint” drips and runs where ever you move your mouse. To change colors, simply right-click your mouse. Fun! Or, if you have some extra paint on hand, try it out yourself. Jackson liked to use house paint. (I have enough leftover house paint to make enough splatter art to fill the Louvre). […]