Jackson Pollock: Action Painting by MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Video Description: Living inside a Pollock After effects animation.
No. 5, 1948
is an abstract painting by Jackson Pollock
(1912 - 1, 1956), an American painter
known for his contributions to the abstract expressionist
movement. The painting was done on an 8' x 4' sheet of
fiberboard, with thick amounts of brown and yellow paint
drizzled on top of it, forming a nest-like appearance. Studies by Taylor, Micolich and Jonas have explored the nature of Pollock's technique and have determined that some of these works display the properties of mathematical fractals; and that the works become more fractal-like chronologically through Pollock's career. They even go on to speculate that on some level, Pollock may have been aware of the nature of chaotic motion, and was attempting to form what he perceived as a perfect representation of mathematical chaos - more than ten years before Chaos Theory itself was discovered. Even though some experts have pointed to the possibility that he (Pollock) could have simply been imitating popular theories of the time in order to give his paintings a depth not previously seen.