The Art Student Association (ASA), one of the newest clubs and the only art club at the College, held a campus-wide event on Wednesday, Oct. 15 to celebrate one of the United States’ most famous painters, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock.
Pollock developed his famous “drip technique” by laying canvases on the floor and using hardened brushes, sticks and basting syringes to drip and pour paint onto the canvas. This technique is thought to have influencd the term and movement of “action painting.”
Pollock’s most famous paintings were during this “drip period,” from 1947 to 1950. During that time, he had a four-page spread in Life magazine that asked, “Is he the greatest living painter in the United States?” Mysteriously, at the peak of his fame, Pollock abandoned the drip style.
It was this drip technique the ASA attempted to mimic in honor of Pollock at the event. The club took two large pieces of plywood, covered them with paper and propped them up against the wall under the overhang of Holman Hall. They attached balloons filled with paint to the plywood and the fun began.
Participating students threw darts at the balloons and when they hit their targets, paint splattered everywhere, like in Pollock’s dripping technique. Refreshments, music and information about Pollock’s works were also provided at the event.
The Pollock-inspired painting was publically displayed in front of Holman Hall for a week. After the painting was dismantled, participating students could take their own piece of the contribution with them, demonstrating the collective and individual nature of this piece.
Rachel Razza, ASA co-president, was pleased with the event’s outcome.
“I thought we had a pretty decent turnout for an event that was held on Wednesday (a day when students don’t normally have many classes),” she said. “I think our event was effective because students who aren’t members of our club came and participated in creating art as well as learning about Jackson Pollock.”
The ASA has many events planned, including an Open Mic Night on Friday, Nov. 14 in the common area on the first floor of Holman Hall, which will feature student bands. The twist is that there will be easels with drawing pads set up all over, prompting students to create art based on the music being played. So for those who missed the Pollock event, or who have always wanted to illustrate a favorite song, be sure to check this out.