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"When I am in my painting, I'm not aware of what I'm doing," explained Jackson Pollock before his death in 1956 .This sentiment is echoed – whether consciously or not – by Lebanese artist Joseph Harb. Eight shallow white boxes containing fragments of paintings and incongruous selections of found and fabricated objects are reminiscent of the famed sculptures of U.S. artist Joseph Cornell, which consist of old photographs, antique paraphernalia and the scavenged remains of once-beautiful objects, housed in simple glass-framed wooden boxes.Having studied Pollock's drip painting technique – in which the U.S. master of abstraction poured or dribbled color onto canvasses laid on the floor, using hardened brushes, sticks and experimental items such as basting syringes to disperse the paint across the surface of the canvas – Harb found himself wondering what Pollock's work would have looked like if he'd used mechanical tools to apply his paint.Harb achieves a similarly textural finish to his paintings.Joseph Harb's "Under Construction" is up at Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Raouche until April 26 .
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