Want to See What Jackson Pollock Looked Like in Slo-Mo?

To all those haters who claim they just don’t get Jackson Pollock, or that the painter’s Abstract Expressionist canvases have started to look stale: here’s something to get your attention. A slow-motion video of flung paint shows the real drama behind Pollock’s paintings.

Johann Cohrs and Siggi Kuckstien’s “Floating” is an opera of free-floating color. Viscous strands of paint (acrylic, I can only guess) stretch and split across the screen, breaking into tiny spheres flying off-screen. When two colors of paint clash from opposite sides, tiny variations of mixed hues are visible under the eye of the camera. It’s all pretty magnificent.

Which brings us back to Jackson Pollock. We have contemporary videos of the artist painting, stretched over his floor-bound canvases, throwing colors this way and that, but we certainly don’t have any like this. What we see here is the real action of the paint itself, movement that Pollock had to control with a flick of his wrist. Think there’s no skill behind the drip paintings? Think again: they’re controlled chaos.

Somehow, I don’t think Pollock listened to the same ambient movie-soundtrack tunes while he was painting, though.

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