The abstract painter Jackson Pollock was a thoroughly urban artist. So what do we mean when we talk of his nature?
Egads, this is great, John. Thanks for sharing. I've been circling around Pollock's legacy as well, thinking about how he was one of the modernists to reach the west and influence artists out here. Neil Jussila once told me when he not yet 18, he was sitting with the older artists in a bar in Butte, and one of his idols described abstract expressionism and Pollock's work as the Chinooks that come to break the city from its winter grasp. I've loved that image since Neil shared it with me, and it certainly explains Neil's influences as well.
Hard to throw a rock in the American West without hitting a pile of mythology.