Who Dissected Roger Rabbit (2007)
The function of art is to disturb. Science reassures.
Andrea Yates believed that cartoon characters told her she was a bad mother who fed her children too much candy…
—Court TV News
This image has, well, guts.
There’s been quite a bit of talk on this blog about breaking the traditional assumptions that fractal art is grounded in an aesthetics of beauty. Fractals are abstract. So how can they “mean” anything? And, if they are non-referential, does this imply they can only be wildly pleasing to the eye? Exhibit A: Another saturated spiral explodes from its slick paper as one turns over each new month in a Fractal Universe calendar.
Still, there has also been plenty of talk here lately about “ugly” fractals. Fractals “with dirty faces.” Fractals that refuse to be eye candy. Fractals that assault rather than soothe the senses.
Is my image today in bad taste? Or merely a comment on the exaggerated violence found in many cartoons. After all, a far worse fate usually awaits Tom in every Tom and Jerry short. Lawnmowers shaving him from tail to skull. A falling iron transforming the top of his head into a landing strip.
One of Tex Avery’s whistling wolves getting smashed with a frying pan that turns his face into a dinner plate is funny. Cartoon characters whispering to Andrea Yates and telling her to drown her kids in a bathtub is not funny.
And fractals, as art, can steer viewers either way.
So is my image today disturbing? Or as funny as being pulverized into an accordion shape by a falling anvil? Or is it just silly or pretentious or bland. Whatever. You — the viewer — get to decide.
But I’m betting it’s not pretty.
Upper left corner detail of Who Dissected Roger Rabbit