Saturday, February 16, 2008

Free Glazers, Wandering Poets, and Crazed Dripsters


Christa, Mary Helen and I had a long talk about pop art and abstract expressionism at Chef Michael Richard's Citronelle. There was some disparaging remarks about Jackson Pollock's drip paintings. We all ordered the Sablefish marinated 72 hours in sake and served with miso sauce - and here is the gimmick - when it came time to drip on the miso sauce it was easier imagined than done. All of the sudden the organic fluidity of the action painter became vividly illustrated by the task at hand. Some comment about "dripsters" and a whole new reality sprang to life. The illustration is from Freer/Sackler Southeast Asia exhibit.

3 comments:

Lee Love said...

I find Pollack boring, compared to the photo of the pot you posted.

Lee in Mashiko

Eric Hansen, said...

Lee: This was in part what the discussion was about: why ideas in modern art, which sometimes seem stupid and inane, still break ground and still form irreversible changes. There is a close connection between the action painters and calligraphy, and clay being used a a kind of paint medium in this context. The photo was probably not a good match to the text in this case. Blogger - Georgetown ISP - and my computer combined made downloading pics impossible today, so it will have to stand for now. Thanks for the comment.
H A M B O N E

Eric Hansen, said...

Maybe we will have to do a "Miso Sauce Drippage Challenge" to settle this issue.
H A M B O N E