Brown Paper Fractals

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Doesn't it make them even more incredible, that they were painted on such cheap material; built on such humble foundations, as brown paper?

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I've often wondered what fractal art would be like today if it had been introduced differently.

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What if the first fractal program was kept secret, known only to the programmer? And the programmer presented the images it produced, not as some new artform, but merely as his own personal artwork?

He'd be a household name by now, like Mr. Clean or Aunt Jemima. The ensuing scandal that would have erupted when it was discovered that all his artwork was made with a computer program, would only have enhanced his reputation by adding a dimension of intrigue and notoriety.

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Actually, come to think of it, that's what Jackson Pollock did. Sort of, in a way.

I won't get into all the details because I don't know what they are, but I think he created a fractal or chaos machine with rope, cans and ink. He didn't make the paintings, he made the apparatus and operated it.

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And look how famous he is. Lots of people have heard his name and don't really know what he did. That's the mark of being truly famous; people know your name and they don't know why.

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So there you have it. It really did happen. Only the programmer didn't even know he was a programmer.

Stranger than fiction.

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