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Fractals: Fractal Art by Jack Cleveland
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Fractals: Fractal Art (edition 2020)

by Jack Cleveland (Author)

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Title:Fractals: Fractal Art
Authors:Jack Cleveland (Author)
Info:Anamcara Press LLC (2020), 136 pages
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Fractals came into my little world long before computers did, through the intense art of MC Escher. His painstaking, extraordinarily detailed woodcuts are a wonder to behold. The word fractal was invented by Benoit Mandelbrot, who pioneered and promoted the mathematical aspects of fractals. He, more than anyone, is identified with the word fractal.

Jack Cleveland worked in computers, and apparently without knowing the work of Benoit Mandelbrot, leveraged software to produce infinitely repeating patterns – in other words, fractals. His art is very sci-fi looking. A lot of mysterious orbs and highly reflective surfaces. His works are “familiar yet fantastical”.

The way it works is that computer program to continuously reiterate an instruction, endlessly rendering the results. It’s not just for pretty graphics, either. Stephen Wolfram is using them to attempt to find the pattern behind the entire universe, from it birth and into the future. He has global contest underway to find that ultimate instruction.

Jack Cleveland died of heart failure early this year, at the age of 47. His mother, Pat, put this coffee table book together to spread his art to all.

David Wineberg

For the images that go with this review, see https://medium.com/the-straight-dope/eye-candy-fractals-c948026f6b57 ( )
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