The Basis of Identity Without Conforming Lines

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Juan R. Govea

In the last issue of En La Calle we featured the works of graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash to represent the means of identity through self-expression. Though, self-expression can seem somewhat useless by conforming to the norms of every day life — staying in between the repetitive and monotonous cookie cutter lines — draining the soul of self-expression, one must create an outlet.

In modern abstract art culture “lines” have no expression, and for some artists breaking the rules of staying in between these lines comes satisfaction and relief. In this issue.2 of En La Calle we feature the artistic expression and metaphoric means of “breaking the norm,” through the works of splatter and drip paint artist, Jackson Pollock.

Pollock used the means of expressing himself without lines and gave metaphorical “life” through his medium without a paintbrush, “The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through,” Jackson Pollock.

The abstract artist somewhat gave life to his paintings, and as well life can be represented without borders, the artist is quoted as a means of representing American life through his paintings.

“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is,” Jackson Pollock.

Pollock’s work, post decades after WWII, helped give way to the emerging radical art wave in New York, introducing radical and abstract ways of Expressionism (movement). Pollock’s trimming and cropping of canvas somewhat provided a “body” fitting and shaping a foundation to convey abstract release of color and expression.

While staying in-between, as we do, Pollock’s art gave life to a contoured body — the canvas — giving random chaotic colors movement in a pleasing completed and origional fashion. This unique form of self-expression through color splattered and dripped on a contoured body of canvas can be an example of body, soul and the creative culture of self-expression, leaving the artist satisfied.
Like art, self-expression gives life to the body without borders.

Pollock quotes:

On Painting:
“The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through.”

On Time and Space:
“The modern artist is working with space and time, and expressing his feelings rather than illustrating.”

On Being an Artist:
“Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.”

On Communication:
“It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.”

On Success:
“The secret of success is… to be fully awake to everything about you.”

On Modernism:
“New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements…the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture.”

On Technique:
“Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”

On Friendship:
“A real friend is someone you say a sentence to and they know ten thousand words behind that sentence.”

On Love:
“Love is friendship set to music.”

Quote Credit:       

Juan R. Govea
Editor of En La Calle Music & Lifestyle Magazine


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