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Art In The Office: John O' Connor
 
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Tuesday June 07, 2011
POSTED BY: Alyssa Reeder, Marketing Department
 

Sitting right outside Mark Pollack's office, is a 'Large Work' by John O' Connor called Dr. Atkins Code of Independence. O' Connor has said about this piece (graphite and colored pencil on paper), " I became inspired to make this drawing while looking at the ancient Egyptian grid systems employed to represent social hierarchy via a pharaoh's idealism. The system I invented to generate the colors of the grid was based on the size of the language used in various texts - the lengths of words, sentences and paragraphs. It became an indecipherable code." Both the pixilated color and the grid base, Mark Pollack has pointed out, have similar attributes to that of woven fabric.The text mentioned along the perimeter of the grid, include phrases such as: "How to succeed in love" -- "How to build a time machine" -- "Why people believe weird things." To check out more of his work, go to his website. And be sure to check back here at our Insight Blog for more exclusives on the art around our office!


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Art In The Office: Bruce Pearson
 
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Wednesday June 01, 2011
POSTED BY: Alyssa Reeder, Marketing Department
 

It is a well-known fact that Mark Pollack is quite the art collector. After running out of places to put art in his apartment, the Pollack Headquarters gladly became the home of a few pieces in his collection. Our conference room holds a Bruce Pearson painting from 1999, aptly called Relationships, Physics, Sleep, Tragedy and Plant Life. Pearson's paintings--wall reliefs carved on Styrofoam slabs, are comprised of text and imagery, abstracted to the point of indecipherability and subliminal meaning. If you look closely, you will see words carved into the painting: relationships, physics, sleep, tragedy and plant life. After Mark saw the painting, fell in love with it, and decided to buy it, he found out that the hidden text in the painting, was actually a designer's response to the question, 'Where do you get your inspiration?'  Coincidentally, that’s the question Mark says he is asked most often. "Although I would never give this response, I was definitely attracted to the painting on this conceptual level," he said. Then of course there was his attraction to the painting in terms of the structure, texture and pattern-- properties that are considered on a more micro level, when designing fabric. Although Mark admits he does tend to shy away from art that is too obviously connected to textiles, some similarities are unavoidable. "I don’t want to give the impression that I only look at art in relation to fabric (actually I try to avoid this, and I am often turned off by art that looks too “fabric-y”)—but some of the connections that might be made after I have lived with something for a while (either at home or the office) are often quite tangibly related to fabric."


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