From Realism through the Postmodernism Essay

            Art in the modern society has been defined by several people in many years. There have been a lot of studies clarifying, defining and differentiating one style of art from the others. As for the age of Plato and Aristotle, the definition of arts is different from Cezanne’s definition. The perception of a visual art or a master piece is defined by the position, era and social contexts of a person.

            Fine art is defined to be a master piece of beauty. It is something that possesses the impact of creativity and should capture the hearts and mind of the artist also its viewers. The examples of these are sculptures which could be done on ice in Atlantic regions or on woods by artists with a number of supplies of lumber or on glass; paintings that could have many settings and emotions; drawings that could be made on papers or even boards; graphics and other master pieces which are connected to architecture.

            In this topic, our focus is one of Jackson Pollock’s art works which was named as the “Convergence”. What are the information behind the name Jackson Pollock? According to Helen Harrison, who gave one of the reviews of Pollock’s life and art works, Pollock was born on the first month of the year 1912. The baby Paul Jackson (his real name) was brought to Arizona and California, to live there for a long time. His first experience in joining or expressing his artistic views were seen when he enrolled under the class of Benton. He had participated mural paintings that made him aware of his passion for arts.

            Paintings are his master pieces that have contributed to his fame. However on the later part of his painting career, his views on painting changed and it also caused the reaction of the crowd towards his work. The arbitrary concept of Fine arts in his time have been paintings or sculptures that portrays the apparent, the visible features of the focused object. His work for the paintings such as “Convergence” gave rise to many questionings of his crowd.

            As the painting contained different colors, with an unknown theme, the critiques were arguing that what he has done was not a work of art, but a rubbish work. However, one of his supporters namely Clement Greenberg had instill in his mind that Pollock will and forever will be the most powerful painter in contemporary America. He stood one of the fanatics of Pollock that defended his views.

            For two reasons, Pollock’s Convergence can still be considered as an example of Fine arts because it contained hidden ideas. As it was defined, fine arts is to be appreciated, valued and understood depending on the viewer. It is only appreciated by those who were fond of analyzing things, those who gets into deeper details before giving a judgment. Therefore, the Fine arts is not only made to the visual appreciation, but it also incorporates the understanding and internalizing its concepts. “Convergence” calls for critical thinking, and calls for its audience some analysis and discovery.

            Secondly, the work of art contained colors and were put there in an artistic way that Pollock’s placed them by using a stick and whipping and dropping paints over the canvass on the floor. The strategy in the making of this master piece is an ART itself. Not all painters would think of such a way that paints are scattered and extend beyond from one color to another. Also, from some definitions, it said that fine arts are works that were done aesthetically in nature, whether your materials are rare, your techniques are different, it won’t matter as long as it is done aesthetically. And so with this painting, Pollock have experimented and tried a new way of showing his art.

If I were to observe the painting, it contained many dragons that are very brave and are fighting for something, maybe a territory or an offspring. The painting contained the turmoil and chaos that can be witnessed in his time, maybe, since he painted it during some time in 1952. It can be tagged with Fine arts since a lot of scenarios can be seen on it and there is abstraction. Fine arts do not really mean putting things as they are but putting and creating another impression and idea that the viewers and the artist can reflect on. It’s like when you are doing an odd sculpture that your viewers would give different reactions.

 “When I am in a painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It is only after a sort of ‘get acquainted’ period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc, because the painting has a life of its own” these are some of the unforgettable statements from Pollock, defending or defining his art. His works that reflected his own life and his own thoughts are very famous in the whole world. Even though he denies that his art were from his ideas, I say that what has resulted from his efforts are part of his insides. It is the art of his making, the art of his being. He also said that the art itself can have its own life, but the art won’t have its life unless an artist like him will put his hands on to it and start working. Having these words from one famous American painter gave the chance to American youth to explore, and create a new version and a new trend of art.

Indeed, his “Convergence” is a work of art, capturing the hearts and minds of its viewers plus challenging them to analyze what the work was really all about. If it is not a work of art, I think it would not be sold, auctioned or featured on the sources I have searched on. If it was not a work of art, no one will waste his time to explore the mysteries behind the painting and the painter who is Jackson Pollock.


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