"Homage 'Number 1A, 1948, Jackson
Pollock, 'Action Sounding, 1993'" was made for "The Homage
Exhibition" at Trondheim's Art Association, 1993.
It is a full
scale reproduction of Jackson Pollock's painting Number 1A 1948
(173 x 266 cm) but without paint. Instead, 42 small loudspeakers
behind the canvas, were used to create an illusion of the sound
of paint moving over the surface of the canvas.
Anna Karin studied
"Number 1A, 1948" and selected 14 main patterns covering
the painting. She recorded a reconstruction with herself as an action
painter, pouring, throwing paint in the same way as Pollock on a
A custom made
software and p.c. board were developed. The software modulated the
recorded mono sound and produced a 3 channel sound. Anna Karin draw
the sound with the mouse on the computer monitor and the software
calculated the necessary amplitude and phase variations to simulate
the movement of the sound over the surface of the canvas.
The sound files
were burned into eproms and installed on 14 custom designed p.c.
boards. The boards were triggered at random, independently of each
other and created an unique sound image each discrete moment.
The sound painting
is a homage to Jackson Pollock's first real "action painting"
and the characteristic technique of Jackson Pollock where painting
becomes an act and the painter turns to an actor.
Jackson Pollock" participated in the Autumn exhibition at the
House of Artists in Oslo, Norway, 1993 with great success. The piece
is owned by The Art Association in Trondheim. It was also exhibited
at Screens 1997.