Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jackson Pollack Creates Chaos

Scratch Simulates a Jackson Pollack Painting

The following is taken from:
Order in Pollock's Chaos
Richard P. Taylor
Scientific American
December 2002

   "In a drunken, suicidal state on a stormy March night, Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) laid down the foundation of his masterpiece Blue Poles: Number 11, 1952. He unrolled a large canvas across his windswept barn and, using a wooden stick, dripped the canvas with house-hold paint from an old can."
   Physicist Taylor goes on to explain in his article how his analysis of Pollack's painting revealed that the structure underlying Pollack's random dribbling of paint onto canvas is fractal.
   To view the Scratch construction of a simulated Pollack, click on the following link. To study the scripts, download the Scratch project.

    A free two-page pdf file with a bit more information can be had by sending an email to grandadscience@gmail.com

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