THE CONVERGENCE 1
In my recent vacation, I visited The San FranciscoMuseum of Modern Art(SFMOMA) locate on 151 Third Street, between Mission, HowardStreets San Francisco, California 94103. The museumwas established in 1935 and was the pioneer museum dedicated tomainstream contemporary art. It is an expensive modern museum thatdisplays all forms of art. During this particular visit, I cameacross a fascinating painting Convergenceby Jackson Pollock. Itwas a unique piece with dark entangled mystery in it. On first sight,it sparks curiosity. I approached the attendee to find out more aboutit. In return, this paper will give us the ideology behind thepainting as much as some background information on the artist and hisschool of thought.
Jackson Pollock (lived from1912-1956) was a well-known American artist who helped create theAbstract Expressionistmovement (betterreferred to as the post-WWII art movement). Several people say thatPollock`s eccentric panache is utterly chaotic splashes of paintaimlessly thrown onto a canvas devoid of any proficiency or notionbehind it. Nevertheless, he has been acknowledged entirely in thearts community as a protagonist of character that rises above bothconvention and misfortune. Notwithstanding this, various people havetheir deep-seated beliefs to a certain degree ostentatious—of whatought to or are not to be found in art. Because of the openness inhis flair, Pollock appears to be at the focus of this discussion. Inorder to achieve greater consideration and epitomize his placeamongst the most distinguished painters, it is essential to take apreview at one of his legendary paintings.
This is Pollock`s most famouswork that was a combination of colors splashed on a canvas thatproduced masterful shapes and outlines that arouse sentiments andattack vision. The painting was an oil on canvas, produced in 1952.It measures 155 inches by 93.5 inches (Karmel, 1999). With hisbrushstrokes, he managed to make convenient use of contrastingshapes, lines, lights, colors, and textures. This painting ismassive its size can merely be valuable in a personal visit to theexhibition hall. In 1964, puzzle manufacturing corporation, SpringbokEditions, releasedConvergence (Enthused by Pollock’s canvas) the jigsaw puzzle. Itwas a 340-piece brainteaser that they endorsed as ‘the world’sgreatest puzzle’ (Karmel, 1999.). The bearing of Convergence wasapparent in 1965 when Americans in their hundredths bought the puzzle(Karmel, 1999).
Pollockis attractive for doing his work with his piece on the floor, andproducing
Something dubbed the "pouringtechnique". He prepared this by "…using severely loadedbrushes, turkey basters, and sticks," to smear the shade(Karmel, 1999). The country indeed took warning of Pollock andrecognized him after appearing in a four-page article in 1949`s LifeMagazine publication.Word spread fast of Pollock’s strange style, demonstrating thatpainting emanates in several forms and has no precincts. Pollock wasa very exceptional hermit who would go into a nearly trance-likemoment when working. In possibilitiesI, winter 1947-48,Pollock was cited as saying:
When I am in my painting, I`m notaware of what I`m doing. It`s only after a sort of ‘get acquainted`period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears aboutmaking changes, destroying the image, etc. because the painting has alife of its own (Karmel, 1999).
Pollock is talked about in almostevery paper that considers modern art. The enigma in his panache hasbeen an object of sedition in the world of art, despite many people`sdistaste for it. Nobody can distinguish precisely what his canvasesmeant. Many trustworthy orientations concede his style as “seemingto originate from confines of experience and education” (Karmel,1999). The hindrance of the artistry industry in this esteem seems tobe the letdown to be capable to accuse the very spirit that promotedhim to such an endearment from the public. The conservative worldappears to have a difficult rapping their concentrations aroundrelations between Pollock’s excessive and eccentric style and hisprominent eminence in contemporary folklore.
Convergence as CulturallyPivotal
Pollock`s style of canvas, asdemonstrated by Convergence, is a significant, pioneering advancementin the antiquity of painting. During this picture, the U.S. took thedanger of Communalismseriously as well as the cold war with the Soviet Union. Convergencewas the personification of democracy and freedom of speech. Pollockflung sludge in the face of Concord and protested against therestrictions of societies subjugations. It was all the U.S. stoodfor, all enfolded in a chaotic, but profound package. Similarly, someof Pollock`s pieces were supported by the Congressfor Cultural Freedom(a renowned anti-communist support group established in 1950), thatwas backed by the CentralIntelligence Agency(CIA) (Karmel, 1999). The CIA respected Pollock`s style since itavoided social realism and blatant partisan signals. Pollock`sintellectual work was difficult to untangle, but his insubordinatenature and lingos of liberty were visibly apparent.
Jackson Pollock`s art, as well ashis character, has become painstakingly engrained into our culture.Pollock will invariably be known as a modernizer and inventor ofAbstract Expressionism,whose apparent pursuit of the sovereignty of limitations providedmotivation for years to come. Not only was he acknowledged by thecommunity, but he was also validated by the government as anoutstanding symbol of the archetype of what an ideal painter’sviewpoint should be as typified in his most celebrated canvas,Convergence.The fact is that, Convergence signified not only a makeover in art,but a change in philosophy and rational.
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