This week I went
with my friend Sally
to the magnificent Jackson Pollock exhibit
The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
I was very moved by his work.
I was also struck by how, the moment we exited the
exhibit, we were assaulted by an overwhelming
array of "marketing tie-ins", including
books with paintings inside,
blank books with just part of a painting outside,
and even a CD of Jackson Pollock's favorite Jazz tunes
to listen to while he painted.
Then I had an epiphany. They had thought of art books, note books, music, posters, postcards. Yet what would be the most obvious and appropriate marketing tie-in of all to honor this puzzling artist whose work was (to quote the MOMA exhibit) ``a seductive labyrinth [of] pitfalls, surprises and delights?''
Yep, you guessed it. This morning, inspired, I implemented the Jackson Pollock 4x4 Puzzle as a Java applet (click here to see the source code). My dream is to implement the 5000 piece Jackson Pollock Jigsaw Puzzle.
- Ken Perlin, 1998
PS: The image is from Pollock's Shimmering Substance (1946, Oil on canvas, 84 1/4 x 58 in; The Museum of Modern Art, New York).
PPS: How will you know when you've solved it? Don't worry, you'll know...
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