April 25th, 2007 by Menachem Wecker
Dr. Gideon Polya, whose very interesting work on Jackson Pollock and Islam I posted in yesterday’s roundup, writes:
I was very pleased discover that your site had reproduced and referred to my huge painting “Alhambra Pollock” that attempts to enhance Arab-West and Islam-West amity through art (see MWC News). I must hasten to add that my sympathies lie with outstanding Jewish scholars such as Professors Peter Singer (Princeton), Dennis Altman (Melbourne), Noam Chomsky (MIT), Bertel Ollman (NYU). Norman Finkelstein (St Paul), (the late) Tanya Reinhart (Tel Aviv), Ilan Pappe (Haifa) and others who are concerned for peace with equity, justice and reconciliation in the Middle East.
The bold vision of “Alhambra Pollock” was to create a beautiful painting conflating the most extreme form of contemporary Western abstract expressionism (that of American Jackson Pollock) with the ravishing colours and beautiful geometric forms of Islamic and Arab tile patterns (most wonderfully seen in the great mosques of Bokhara, Samarkand, Isfahan and elsewhere and the exquisite 13 th - 14th century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain). The simple message was that this conflation of such radical extremes – the post-war, alcohol-fuelled, radical, American abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock VERSUS the pure Islamic, non - representational, tile pattern Art of the Golden Age of Islamic and Arab Art and Culture from Spain to Central Asia - demonstrates the essential unity of Man. If such conflation is possible between such extremes then there is no serious argument between Men - with PEACE, understanding and amity being the inexorable consequences.
The painting arose from a series of other large paintings with a similar humanitarian, pro-Peace, pro-Woman and pro-Mother and Child messages that are being exhibited around the world by MWC News and which have intrinsically religious themes (e.g. resurrection, Mother and Child): namely Qana, Sydney Madonna, Manhattan Madonna, Melbourne Madonna, and Truelove. These paintings are all based on a classical Golden Rectangle/Fibonacci Sequence (Da Vinci Code) geometry which has dual Sacred and Profane symbolisms (see here).
I thought that you might be interested in these paintings by an agnostic humanist and humanitarian scientist that are heavily influenced by religious themes and use a powerful religiously used symbolism. I am very happy for you to reproduce these paintings on your website for your audience and would be very pleased if you would link your audience to these articles.
Dr Gideon Polya