Part 2: Abstraction
In the “Painting & Sculpture II” exhibit the abstract piece that struck me most was Jackson Pollock’s ‘Stenographic Figure. His use of color was great, mainly used the primary colors but when he didn’t the blending of color made sense. Also his use of line and curves was very playful I love how they fed off of each other. For example there’s a curved line which seems to be a smiling mouth but it fits so perfectly with the other curved lines that no matter where it is, it will never be out of place.
The reason why I decided to write about this piece was because it reminded me a lot about myself. I’m the type of person to start of just doodling without a clear idea of what I want the outcome to be. The more I draw, add a line here, or shade there I find myself with an actual creation. Like the term “making something out of nothing’, and that’s what I feel Pollock did. I think he was just doing abstract work and noticed, “Hey that kind of looks like a face” and decided to work from there. Being that there are so many lines just all over the place you can tell that was really the starting point. Once the lines and curves started to connect that’s when Pollock was able to make sense of it all.
I believe this painting is abstract because it is not a depiction of a person, place or thing in the natural world. The artist uses brushstrokes in a way that you may be able to see an arm or hair but you never know if that was the artist’s true reasoning for that stroke. I’ve asked five other people at the museum what they saw and we all had different answers. There’s no clear answer on what is being visualized, sort of like an optical illusion.