is a three page essay critique over a two dimensional work of art. As you have
learned in the first chapter, a critique often involves both a formal
evaluation of the work (based on its physical appearance) and a contextual
critique considering the artist’s style, intention, and historical time period.
You will consider several questions which will help you generate an essay about
the painting “White Light” by Jackson Pollock. You should carefully read the
chapter on two dimension art in your textbook first.
Your response to the assignment must be
prepared according to standard college writing practices, using MLA
format. Fragmented sentences and spelling errors are not acceptable, so
please be sure to spell check your essay. Please make sure you write a minimum
of three pages. Your response should not be a list of answers, but rather a
reflective response to each question written in an essay. Devote at least a
paragraph to each question.
1. Using the terms in
the textbook about color, explain what color choices you see in this painting.
For example, are the colors primary, tertiary, etc. ? Are they complimentary
and intense of soft and close in value?
2. Does line or
shape/form seem to be the most dominate element? Explain your choice.
3. Select two
principles of design you think strengthen this work visually.
4. If it were
possible to count the number of layers of paint, how many would you estimate
there to be? Explain how you determined
this, and explain how texture is created in this work (you might refer to the
video link for consideration if this question).
5. Consider what
elements stimulate our senses in this work. Is it contrast, is there a focus?
Does the work feel dynamic? You choose, but please explain your choice.
6. Critics have
described Pollock's style as "rendering energy visible". Describe the mood or feeling of the energy
this composition expresses.
7. Although Pollock
is considered an Abstract Expressionist, he is also labeled an Action Painter
or a Gestural Abstractionist. Why do
you5. Consider what elements stimulate
our senses in this work. Is it contrast, is there a focus? Does the work feel
dynamic? You choose, but please explain your choice.