"Convergence” 1952 by Jackson Pollock is a piece of artworkfrom the Abstract Expressionism. It is a dripped and poured paintingof combined bright colors underneath a black background. The lines,circles, spots and swirls carelessly and gradually flow across theentire piece of work (Koenderink 20).
Figure1: Convergence 1952 (Koenderink 20)
Pollock`s Background Period
Jackson Pollock’s era associates with the 1930s maturity influencedby the revolutionary politics period which came to worth art in apersonal experience after the World War II (Cernuschi and Herczynski12-14). During Pollock’s period, few artists preserved theirradical political views although a majority continued adopting theoutspoken posture of the avant-garde objecting from the margins.America was suffering economically, outmoded and experiencing theisolation of culture. Pollock and fellow artists were then firstwelcomed as the original American avant-garde artists.
Visual Expression of Social Justice Concepts
The Convergence is an embodiment of freedom of expression andfreedom of speech. During this painting’s era, the Cold War withthe Russians and Communism was a serious threat to social justices(Cernuschi and Herczynski 11). The Convergence clearlydemonstrates Pollock’s disapproval in the face of convention andthe rebellion against restrictions of oppressed societies. Thepainting clearly illustrates overt political gestures and socialrealism.
Linkage to the Power of Message to People
The power of the Convergence message to people associated withthe young generation hopes destroyed during the war and the dreams ofa better world afterwards. In an attempt to leave behind the oldworld, Pollock expressed a new feeling to live by confrontingreality. He detested the anger and depression brought by the Cold Warand rebelled this by using the bright colors. He passes the messageof focusing on the bright side of life in spite of the negativeenergies that seem to way people down. Even though the black colorunderneath interfered with the bright colors, there is always acontinuous positive side of life.
Cernuschi, Claude, and Andrzej Herczynski. "The Subversion ofGravity in Jackson Pollock`s Abstractions". The Art Bulletin90.4 (2008): 616-639. Web.
Koenderink, Jan. "Parts and Wholes in Pictorial Art". Art& Perception 3.3 (2015): 303-317. Web.