• Abstract Expressionism: Process of trial and error motivated by aesthetic goals, new reps of emotions and state of mind, styles evolved as they worked.Non-geometric shapes, Jungian philosophy that certain myths and believes are repeated in different societies at different times
• Driven by pressures of critics, extrinsic opinions, unpalatable as yesterdays macaroni Arnold Newman, life mag 1949, decoration, need for money
• 1947-50 immune to critics consequently (ironically deemed by critics) to be his best work, Clement Greenberg.
• Critic, Harold Rosenburg patented "action painting".
• Innovative technique of dripping paint onto canvas's which lay on the floor.
• Vast deviation from traditional painting w brushes and vertical canvas's.
• Pollock preferred his way of painting, he felt nearer, more a part of the painting since I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting
• Large size, did not confine paint to canvas
• Pol liked to work in sub-conscience (surrealists) com1. however Pollock says himself,with experience it seems possible to control the flow or paint…I don't use the accident…I deny the accident (Freud) STILL, Pollock used a spontaneous method of dripping, splattering the paint composing sweeping lines and thread like lines across the entire surface of the painting.
• Used sticks, hardened brushes,trowels,his arms, wrists and body.
• Pollock would survey his work in a vertical position, this is when he made CONSCIENCE decisions about his work.
• Did not use or work form drawings
• used enamel house paint as he preferred the liquidy of it to the viscosity of oil paint.
• Sand, glass and other forigen matter
• Com1; Original drip paintings followed shapes and formations already conc


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