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April 16th, 2009
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My favorite contemporary artist


There's a Bruce Pollack exhibit at the Fleisher-Olman gallery at 1610 Walnut St. in Philadelphia till May 9-- about 20 paintings, mostly fractal circle patterns like the one above, but also a few networks more or less like this:



about 30 little studies, some of them representational, and an amazing twenty foot pen and ink drawing which an abstract geometrical take on Escher's Metamorphasis. I had no idea tracking finely details (but not extremely polished) changes in lively geometrical patterns could make me so cheerful.

Actually, Bruce Pollack isn't just my favorite contemporary artist, he's the only contemporary artist I follow. It seems like the majority prefer a rough finish which bores me. Any recommendations for contemporary artists that put a lot of craft into their work?

The gallery hours are Monday - Friday: 10:30 - 5:30 and Saturday: 12 - 5, (closed Saturdays in June and July, and open by appointment in August).

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From:dcseain
Date:April 16th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I'll talk with tomhundleyrn and see if we can make it up to see the exhibit on either 2 or 9 May.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 17th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
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I hope you guys can make it. Keep me posted.
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From:agrumer
Date:April 16th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
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The fractal circle paintings remind me of some traditional Islamic art. I was surprised not to see any mention of that in this interview with Pollack.
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 17th, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
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Thank you very much for the interview link.

One difference I see between Pollack's work and Islamic art is that Islamic art is based on exact repetition and Pollack's work isn't.
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From:agrumer
Date:April 17th, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
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Your welcome. The interview was linked to from (I think) the Bio page on Pollack's website (just in case you haven't come across that either).
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From:nancylebov
Date:April 17th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)
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Thanks again. I don't know know how I and/or google managed to miss his home page.

"His paintings are as precise and bracing as a shot of vodka"-- if that's what alcohol is really like for people who like it, no wonder it's possible to get into trouble.

I'm not sure not the long semi-Clutified article manages to be so factually accurate and (for me) so emotionally off.

I cauth the reception at the beginning of the Philly show, and Pollack said that (in some sense) his paintings are how he really sees the world. I'm not sure if it's partly overlaying a knowledge of chemistry on what he sees.
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From:terriwells
Date:April 16th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
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I will have to check out Pollack's other work. If I can say this without being considered heretical, the top one would make a lovely king-sized quilt (and I'm already contemplating what some of these pieces would look like turned into paper beads. Aren't I terrible?).
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From:thnidu
Date:April 17th, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
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This is very nice. Thanks for the info. I'll see if we can get to it.
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