Jackson Pollock reimagined with the trippy "Dripped"

An animated short exposes one of the 20th century's greatest artists as a cat burglar and art-eater


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Drew Grant
June 3, 2011 9:50PM (UTC)

 Ed Harris did a great job playing the alcoholic, abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock in the 2000 film about the artist's life and work. (Fun fact: Remember how the actor directed that film as well? Ed Harris is the man.) The struggle between his vulnerable neurosis and volatile personality -- especially in the context of his relationship with his wife, Lee Krasner, over the years -- was portrayed with less restraint than we've come to expect from stone-faced Harris, and overall made for a great film about a difficult subject.

That being said: At no point in "Pollock" did the artist grow wings after eating famous Renaissance paintings he stole from a museum before regurgitating his own still lifes into speckled visual jazz riffs. Léo Verrier's animated eight-minute short "Dripped" is a whimsical interpretation of Jackson's love of all art, and his eventual realization that he doesn't have to "bite" off other talent in order to create his own masterpieces.

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OK, so it's not quite a literal biography, but it's stylistically entrancing nonetheless; like something from an early Chuck Jones cartoon on acid.

 

Dripped from ChezEddy on Vimeo.


Drew Grant

Drew Grant is a staff writer for Salon. Follow her on Twitter at @videodrew.

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