Continuity and Aristotelian virtue.
I am hesitant to begin a new painting. I will continue to hesitate until I understand the ground upon which I stand. Yesterday's drawing brought me a little closer to comprehension. And I do not mean, comprehension, in a verbal sense. Rather, as I made yesterday's drawing I felt that I moved with mindfulness, not dissimilar to making a successful move in sport. You just know when good choices are being made. I have to thank Jackson Pollack, and also the discussion of Pollack's "No.5, 1948", as seen, and heard, in the movie Ex Machina. In yesterday's drawing you can see me make an effort to approach drawing as an "automatic" activity, which was referred to in Ex Machina.
In a recent blog I mentioned the Jackson Pollack painting used in Ex Machina. For me, most of Jackson Pollack's paintings lack emotional depth and character, but not the one seen in Ex Machina. If anything, seeing it in this film, and exploring it a bit more on my own, I now recognize the reason Jackson Pollack's art is highly regarded. He did not make a lot of good work, but neither did Johannes Vermeer. Both these artist made a handful of exceptional works. Thus a reason to regard their body of work as important, and interesting, even those that fail. Below, I have included a reproducation of Jackson Pollack's painting "No. 5, 1948", and an explanation of its use in the film Ex Machina.
The following information about the Jackson Pollack painting seen in the movie "Ex Machina" is from Steven McQuinn at http://www.quora.com:
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