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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Announces 2013-14 Grant Winners

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Yuki Nakamura, “Trespass,” 2004.

Yuki Nakamura, “Trespass,” 2004.

By Tessa Raebeck

In its 30th year of grant making, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc. has awarded 116 grants to artists and art organizations worldwide totaling $2,163,000 for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The grants support artists’ personal and professional expenses for one year.

Wolfgang Aichner, “Tilia Inflata,” 2005.

Wolfgang Aichner, “Tilia Inflata,” 2005.

Since the foundation started awarding grants in 1985, over $61 million has been given to artists in 76 countries.

“Pollock-Krasner grants have enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as their personal and medical expenses. Past recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants acknowledge their critical impact in allowing concentrated time for studio work, and in preparing for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as accepting a residency,” the foundation stated in a press release.

Awards went to many artists in New York City, as well as in Guatemala, the Czech Republic, India, South Korea, and Zimbabwe.

Artists who are interested in applying for next year’s grants or would like to view the work of this year’s honorees should visit pkf.org.

Tuki Nakamura, “Red Stair,” 2003.

Tuki Nakamura, “Red Stair,” 2003.

Back by Popular Demand, the Jackson Pollock Studio Croc

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Jackson Pollock Studio Crocs on the studio floor. Photo crocs.com.

Jackson Pollock Studio Crocs on the studio floor. Photo crocs.com.

By Tessa Raebeck

After selling out shortly following their introduction last summer, the Jackson Pollock Studio Croc is back at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs. The shoes’ design is derived from a photo taken of Mr. Pollock’s studio floor during the “drip period” between 1947 and 1950, when he created his most famous abstract expressionist paintings. Along with wife Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock painted in his local studio up until his death in Springs in August 1956.

With a dark base colorfully splattered with blues, reds, greens and yellows, the clogs have a recognizable Jackson Pollock design. The strap reads, “Jackson Pollock Studios” using the artist’s signature for his name’s typeface. Prompted by “rave reviews and customer demand,” according to the center, Crocs reissued the artsy shoes in limited edition, with just 5,000 pairs available for purchase.

Crocs collaborated with the Stony Brook Foundation, which supports the center, to create the design. The Jackson Pollock Studio Clog can be purchased for $39.99 at crocs.com.

Open from May to October, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is located at 830 Springs-Fireplace Road in East Hampton. For more information, visit here or call 631.324.4929.

Jackson in the Box

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Pollock Box

By Annette Hinkle

While exposing children to great works of art can be a marvelous educational tool in and of itself, there’s nothing quite like learning by doing to take enthusiasm and understanding of a subject to a whole other level. For some time now, youngsters who tour the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs as part of a school group or while on summer vacation have been invited to try their hand at making poured paintings on the lawn, just like those of Jackson Pollock the famed abstract expressionist who once lived there.

While not every child is fortunate to have an opportunity to create art at Pollock’s house, “The Jackson Pollock Box” a new book and art kit just out by Cider Mill Press offers young people everywhere the chance to learn more about the artist and experiment with the unique techniques he perfected while living here on the East End.

The box, which is covered by a reproduction of “Number One, 1949,” comes with a brush, canvas, paper and a selection of squeeze bottles filled with liquid paints similar to those that Pollock would have used. Helen Harrison, director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center wrote the book that accompanies the box. In it, she offers details of Pollock’s life, including his early artistic influences, his working methods, various critics’ takes on his work, and his relationship with Lee Krasner, because, Harrison notes, “you can’t understand him without knowing something about her.”
She adds that the book doesn’t shy away from the more difficult aspects of Pollock’s life.

“He was an alcoholic for his whole life and suffered from depression and mood swings,” says Harrison. “Those things went away in the studio. He said that ‘Paintings’ not the problem. It’s what to do when I’m not painting.’”

Though it is geared toward ages 14 and up, largely because of the content of the book, Harrison feels that children as young as 10 will enjoy creating their own Pollock inspired art. Directions for five projects, all based on Pollock’s working methods, are detailed in the book — from visualization of a mood or feeling, to the creation of gesture drawings, a collage piece, or painting on glass (as Pollock did during Hans Namuth’s 1950 film of the artist at work — though for the kit, the “glass” is actually the plastic on the front of the box).

Harrison notes that it young artists aren’t happy with their results, they are encouraged to reuse those parts of the project. After all, she says, Krasner and Pollock never threw anything away, and frequently reused failed drawings by cutting them up as collage pieces.

“The art is so participatory and physical,” says Harrison. “You really manipulate the materials in a dynamic way. There are plenty of art kits where you get a paint kit and brush and do your own. But this gives you a different approach.”

That different approach goes to the heart of understanding Pollock’s motivation and what he was looking to capture in his own work.
“It’s about painting intangibles,” explains Harrison. “In traditional painting you represent something— a still life or a face. But this is not about that at all. It’s totally different. You make a visual equivalent of something you can’t see or touch, or feel — a mood, sound or experience.”

Harrison explains that while Pollock found liquid paint was the vehicle that ultimately took him where he needed to go in his work, another artist might just as easily have found a different way.

“Pollock said, ‘Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement,’” says Harrison. “It was the statement that interested Pollock. The materials are just the instrument — the result was what mattered.”

Though the art box will be distributed across the country, because both Pollock and Krasner’s art work was so intimately connected to where they lived, Harrison felt it was important to include a section in the book about their home and studio.

“The fact they both had their break-throughs as artists when they moved to Springs tells you something about how important the environment was for them as artists, not just people,” explains Harrison. “It was an important break from the city, it opened their eyes aesthetically and took them in new directions which was crucial.”

Helen Harrison will be at Guild Hall (158 Main Street, East Hampton) on Saturday, December 18 at 11 a.m. to sign copies of “The Jackson Pollock Box.”