Dark Sinistral

Bruce Pollock

"Dark Sinstral" brings to mind snowflakes, cell organization, or perhaps celestial or cosmological phenomena. In sum, the painting reflects Polllack's ongoing interest in depicting his vision of the building blocks of nature on what appears to be the molecular level. Bodies and organic life are composed of cells; solids, like stone and metal, are composed of crystalline aggregates, and so forth. However, this is more than an exercise in scientific illustration by way of precisionist abstraction. Pollack imbues his paintings with a life-generating force that links the abstract to the scientist. Here (and in several works in this series), the mandala-like composition emanates an intense brightness as if the painting were alive. The viewer is apt to at first believe that the uncanny lighting effects are the result of dramatic gallery lighting, rather than Pollack's technical ability to paint pulsing energy with such skill that this work seems to glow from within.
Artist
Date of Birth
(b. 1951)
Date
2002
Medium
Oil on canvas mounted on panel
Dimensions
48 x 40 1/8 in. (121.92 x 101.9175 cm.)
Accession #
2004.19
Credit Line
John Lambert Fund
Category
On View
No
On Loan
No