Jackson Pollock's "Convergence

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Some would consider Jackson Pollock's "Convergence" an arbitrary composition of paint, I consider it a piece of fine art. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Fine art as "art (as painting, sculpture, or music) concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects" and "an activity requiring a fine skill".

"Convergence" embodies fine art. While other artists limit themselves to conventional works, Pollack's "Convergence" is gigantic. Created in 1952, it is oil on canvas, and is 93.5 inches by 155 inches. http://www.albrightknox.org/ArtStart/lPollock.html

Granted, "Convergence" looks like just a mess of paint, but it is far from that. Pollock utilized colors, lines, textures, lights, contrasting shapes and brushstrokes. I think his aim was to convey emotion. "Convergence" has dream-like qualities that exemplify fine art. By using multiple layers and dumping paint onto the canvas, it gives "Convergence" a thickness that takes on a life of its own. Pollock's unique style defies convention and installs a sense of grandeur. Pollock once said "When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing. It's only after a sort of "get acquainted" period that I see what I have been about. I have no fears about making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own." I believe during his creative process Pollock is not concerned with outcome of his work, just that it is a beautiful object when he is done. For that reason, "Convergence" should be considered fine art.

ARTCYCLOPEDIA. (2007). Jackson Pollock. Retrieved Aug. 16, 2007, from http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/pollock_jackson.html Meriam-Webster Dictionary.. (n.d.). Fine art. Retrieved Aug. 16, 2007, from http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/fine%20art
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