Current Location:
Building C (DEV) -> 2nd Floor (DEV; C)
Location Notes:
DEV; 2nd Floor; Across from Rm. 282C

“Number 18, 1950“ by Jackson Pollock

Artwork
Identifier:
2014.79.3
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Poster reproduction of original 1950 oil and enamel on masonite painting
Date:
2014
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 29.5 in Width: 28 in
Description:
Lines of red, black, yellow, and blue paint on a grey canvas.
Historical Context:
Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. In 1936 he began developing his signature paint pouring and "drip technique," where his canvases would be spread out on the floor. This technique is thought to be one of the origins of the term "action painting", with which Pollock was able to achieve a more immediate means of creating art. By defying the convention of painting on an upright surface, he added a new dimension by being able to view and apply paint to his canvases from all directions. "On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting."