Could people be fooled by fractals?

I'm not saying that my fractals belong in the Louvre or anything, but from time to time I come across fractal images that remind me of stuff I've seen in artbooks or galleries.

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I wrote about this and gave examples in my previous, short-lived blogs. Examples aren't really needed and the image above is not intended as one.

I've seen images that look just like parts of Salvadore Dali works but mostly images that resemble abstract artwork. I think it's something to think about as the fractal art genre starts to age: How does an interesting (ie good) fractal work differ from other abstract works currently in art galleries?

I'm sure there are fractal images that when printed could pass as regular artwork and fool almost anyone who is unfamiliar with fractals and despises digital art.

In an online art gallery it would be easy, since it is near impossible to spot the tell tale signs of hand made art, such as brushstrokes or the textures of canvas or paper.

People would be forced to confront the merits of the image alone without knowing what medium it was made with.

Next time you browse a fractal gallery, or any other type of digital art, ask yourself if you would be surprised to know that the image was in fact, a painting or watercolor from some famous gallery. Similarly, next time you look through some hand made art, ask yourself if you would be surprised to know that it was made with a fractal program.

Keep doing that and I think you will be less impressed with hand made abstract art and find yourself having more respect for fractal and other forms of digital art.

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