Creating a Passion for Learning LO21933
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 11:54:28 EDT

Replying to LO17409 --

Rick Karash has said elsewhere that it is good to write on topics
initiated some time ago that may now have diminished or been lost through
the creative course of time. So accepting this invitation I would like to
bring to your collective notice the following.

[Host's Note: Yes, it is perfectly fine to resurect an older thread...
That's one of the advantages of this medium. ...Rick]

In spring of last year Dr. Steve Eskow wrote,

>So: I would tend to hold the view that since there are no rules for
>complexity and creativity, there is no valid way of measuring them,
>there is little point, in this view, of applying ordinal numbers to
>Rembrandt and Jackson Pollock: or rating and ranking them.

In reply At de lange wrote,

>There are definitely patterns to be observed which are essential to the
>complexity and creativity of the world around us.

In the 1950's Jackson Pollock said of his work,

"No chaos dammit"

In the Journal Nature Richard Taylor a physicist in the University of New
South Wales has discovered through research that " Pollocks painting
possess fractal patterns similar to those which shape some of the most
beautiful sights in nature, from the design of a tree to the contours of a
coastline." More than this, " these patterns become more complex as his
career progressed." So evident is this attachment to nature's 'way',
apparent as progression that it is said that it is possible to date
paintings according to increasing fractal complexity.

My own view is that many works of art contain this 'essence' of nature,
but importantly for Pollock the aim was not to paint copies of nature/even
create copies of nature, but to 'become like nature', 'work like nature'
and in so doing 'paint like the rain'. A paradigm shift for the community
of painters. And for the critics too.

Imitation and replication. Dr Eskow and Mnr. de Lange?

Dr Eskow further says that, '-artists have left accounts of paths to
creativity they have pursued.'

Artists in my experience who come close to nature in any sense of creative
excellence do not 'pursue paths' to creativity, they rather 'lay them down
in the wandering' as I think Jospeh Campbell poetically implied new things
and ways are discovered, for in creative art the truth is made, not just
found. Or so I believe.

Best wishes

Andrew Campbell


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