Fractal analysis of Pollock’s drip paintings
Taylor, R.P., Micolich, A.P., Jonas, D.: Fractal analysis of Pollock’s drip paintings. Nature 399, 422 (1999).
Scientific objectivity proves to be an essential tool for determining the fundamental content of the abstract paintings produced by Jackson Pollock in the late 1940s. Pollock dripped paint from a can onto vast canvases rolled out across the floor of his barn. Although this unorthodox technique has been recognized as a crucial advancement in the evolution of modern art, the precise quality and significance of the patterns created are controversial. Here we describe an analysis of Pollock's patterns which shows, first, that they are fractal1, reflecting the fingerprint of nature, and, second, that the fractal dimensions increased during Pollock's career.
1. Mandelbrot, B. B. The Fractal Geometry of Nature (Freeman, New York, 1977).
2. Ott, E. Chaos in Dynamical Systems (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993).