A few months back I was hired by Dolby to paint a piece on video in a rundown section of Los Angeles. For this piece I attempted to create something inspired by an excerpt from a 1951 documentary, on the process and philosophy of Jackson Pollock. A lot of what Pollock says in the following clip is relatable to my experiences with free-styling graffiti pieces. Pollock talks about the comfort and expressive feeling he gets when working large and loose. This way of approaching work has been something that I have focused on in the past 15 years of my 20 year career as a writer.
Painting this piece was quite fun but the finished product was not what I originally set out to do. I feel that the use use of softly applied spray painted lines contrasts too heavily against the layers of loosely thrown paint. I feel that I painted out too many interesting areas for the sake of producing a satisfactory piece on video. When a whole film crew is behind you pushing a camera across a track It can make you feel like you need to perform with unhesitant confidence or land every line you throw down. There should be no chance of you crapping out on camera with an experiment gone wrong. Towards the end of this piece I fell back on familiar techniques to give the finished product a polished look.
(Change the settings below to watch it in fullscreen)
If I was to attempt this tribute to Pollock again I would not use conventional or cleanly applied spray paint. Rather I would use something like a bug sprayer or smearing a black paint soaked roller on the wall to roughly outline. If spray paint is no longer necessary then I suppose I may as well try painting this style on a concrete floor? Gotta find a spot.
Jackson Pollock R.I.P