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POLLOCK AND THE XMAS HOLLY (article first published : 2001-09-27)

Jackson Pollock was considered a revolutionary in the field of visual arts and arguably the forefather of American Modernism. He used unconventional materials such as household paint in generating images that were lifesize. He often used his body to create images, such as sweeping his arm in a choreographic movement across a vast canvas - posing the theory that he could be recognised as the founder of what we have come to term today as performance art. He used sticks instead of paintbrushes and was an exponent in terms of “dribbling” paint onto his works.

This was a tortured soul who succumbed to the lure of alcohol and self-destruction. A master of the unpredictable, he invited confrontation and debate and his relationship with his wife was tempestuous and often violent. A car crash ended his comparatively short life, depriving the world of an impressive artistic genius.

A singular aspect of his work is that it was closer to life – taking the canvas either as a whole or in a small isolated area – he was able to shift focus, proving that – as in life – a moment or a second can be an entity in itself.

While the passionate persona of Pollock himself does not feature in Pollock and the Xmas Holly, Shireen James’s new production which she has written and directed, these facets of his character and lifestyle form a major core of reference.

The one act play deals with a successful American actor David Wakelin who meets up with Holly Crozier. She is a student in awe of his magnetic personality and beautiful voice. They become lovers and Pollock and the Xmas Holly is about their relationship which is threatened after Holly is the victim of a violent attack.

Shireen James has become to be known as a writer and director always full of surprises. One minute she can produce a psychological drama such as Alice Threw the Looking Glass. The next, a pleasing and enjoyable musical tribute to Karen Carpenter with Touch Wood – the Story of Karen Carpenter. This was followed by the cabaret The Letter X and the hilarious Comin’ Atcha which features two garrulous Indian housewives who have each discovered a new man in their lives.

Good drama is few and far between these days and when we get it, it’s worth supporting. Angela Hawkes – who needs much more exposure in this city – is a fine exponent of realism and her performance is credible and powerful.

Pollock and the Xmas Holly is definitely an adult show and the audiences are warned to expect the unexpected. It runs in the Square Space Theatre at the University of Natal until October 6. Tickets booked through Computicket or available or at the door.




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