Saturday, February 27, 2010


Carolina Blue Action Painting--Chapel Hill, NC

Paul Jackson Pollock was an influential American painter and a major figure in the abstract expressionist movement. Pollock's technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins of the term action painting. With this technique, he was able to achieve a more immediate means of creating art, the paint now literally flowing from his chosen tool onto the canvas. By defying the convention of painting on an upright surface, he added a new dimension, literally, by being able to view and apply paint to his canvases from all directions.

This photo was literally taken on the streets of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, while stuck in traffic on fabled Franklin Street the morning after the UNC North Carolina Tar Heels had won the 2009 NCAA mens basketball national championship title. The splashed Carolina blue paint was next to a dark black burned area where the requisite bon fires had burned just hours before. Now the bright light of day was revealing traces of the evenings revelry and most who had danced to the Jackson Pollock style of art form were sleeping it off with five NCAA trophies dancing in their heads.

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