Bruce Pollock – A Scroll Through the Alluvial Cellular Terrain
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Pathnet (detail) – Bruce Pollock
Bruce Pollock’s drawings incorporate aspects of process and simulation of computation. A perusal of the drawn surface patterns reveal circle packing distributions, Voronoi subdivisions, irregular tessellations and a variety of other geometric multi-forms. In Pathnet we are reminded of the paradoxical honeycomb formation of truncated octahedron’s resulting from close order of packing soap bubbles. In Quake 2 a surface of subdivisioned blocks hint at a Treemap schematic (structured data as a set of nested rectangles). A linear recursive structure breaks through the dense blocks giving the impression of a plant/soil/root system diagram.
Many of the drawings can be read as patterns transformations as landscape topologies and this is most obvious in the long scroll piece. Here, geometric quasi-crystalline formations mutate into organic forms. Outbreaks of alluvial cellular activity occurs punctuated by the occasional formation of geodesic spheres.