Apr 13, 2007 - 0 Comments - Uncategorized -

Strange New Fruit

I remember talking to a guy who had lived in a remote part of the Phillippines. Where he was there were no roads and to get to the nearest store or settlement he would go by horse or walk. This area he lived in was around a large lake where the one of the largest crocodiles had been caught.

One time he was off in the jungle or forest or whatever, and came across an unusual root or vine. Pulling it up out of the leaves and dirt, he followed it to a large rock where it connected with a strange vegetable/fruit thing. This became one of his favorite things to eat. They only grew out in the woods however, and were hard to find.

And so it is with these glowing chain/netted curtains in the mandelbrot mode of the second barnsley formula in the 1/mu plane from Xaos using the squares incoloring mode and the first edge-detect filter. They’re not so hard to find once you’ve got the right configuration, but I’m beginning to wonder just how many people go walking off this far from the default places in Xaos and in this particular direction.

But that’s the way it is with fractals. There’s so many different ways to render them that discovery is part of the artform, just like photography. A photographer can present images of a newly discovered insect species in a remote rainforest or through a different series of photos, show us a new way of looking at something as common as the human face. Among other definitions, I’ve often thought that art is simply the things that are interesting.

Like the informant in the Watergate scandal who guided the investigators by telling them to, “Follow the money”, I would say to anyone who wants to get to the bottom of the thing called art, “Follow the interest”.

What is interesting about these netted things? Maybe you don’t find them interesting at all? Isn’t it strange how different people’s reactions can be? I think it’s important to ask ourselves what we find interesting about an image we like. Trying to explain your own experience when looking at artwork helps to make us more objective because we become more aware of the influence we have on our perception and interpretation of art.

Where there’s smoke, -there’s fire. Where there’s interest, there’s art. Where there’s a strange root… there’s a strange new plant.

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