Fractals, art and Jackson Pollock.

Despite having died before chaos and fractals were even discovered, Jackson Pollock apparently made use of them in his work. ‘Rather than mimicking nature, he adopted its language – fractals – to build his own patterns’ is the claim made in the article Can Science Be Used To Further Our Understanding Of Art? ‘Chaotic drip system,’ ‘fractal displacement,’ ‘paint trajectories.’ I love this stuff. It’s highly unlikely, the article suggests, that Pollock understood the fractals he was painting. That’s the part I like: it was unconscious. He found the patterns by tuning into something bigger than him, by perfecting a technique to capture the unknowable. That’s art.

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