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on 28 August 2011
SAFE READING - NO SPOILERS
I seem to remember reading somewhere that Ed Harris had waited years for this project, developing ideas, gathering a team and garnering the financial backing. It was worth the wait.
He obviously enjoyed himself in this role and created a believable character. As the blank page is to the writer, blank manuscript is to the musician, so blank canvas is to the artist. Filling it with something new is the artistic challenge to which some can rise, some fall but many seem to hover between in a semi-state of madness, eccentricity and/or lethargy.
For many, the world of abstract art is a journey into the unknown from which they may never emerge. Pollock had the vision, courage and talent to create something entirely new which looks easy to copy - "Anyone can do that!" - but, in fact, it is not easy and only he did it. Harris captures all of this very effectively.
A very enjoyable film, recommended to anyone interested in art.
PS A mathematical theory proposed for the aesthetics of Pollock's work is that his "dripped paintings" are fractals, found everywhere in nature in various forms, "rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole," a property called self-similarity. Roots of the idea of fractals go back to the 17th century and beyond. Look at a Pollock, look closer, then closer still ...