Galerie Charlot @ Art Brussels



04/25/2019

Rediscovery Sector with a solo show of Manfred Mohr works. 25-28 April 2019, Tour & Taxis, Brussels //// Manfred Mohr is considered a pioneer of digital art. After discovering Prof. Max Bense's "information aesthetics" in the early 1960's, Mohr's artistic thinking was radically changed. Within a few years, his art transformed from abstract expressionism to computer generated algorithmic geometry. Encouraged by the computer music composer Pierre Barbaud, Mohr programmed his first computer drawings in 1969. For the first time algorithms (rules with a beginning and an ending) are used to calculate the images, rendered visible through computer programs the artist wrote. The resulting drawings were realised by a computer controlled drawing machine (plotter). With a choice of different line characteristics, an alphabet of arbitrary generated elements is created. Individual algorithms are invented for each work from which all forms and structures are solely generated. Some of the artworks showed on the booth were part of his first solo show « Esthétique programmée » at ARC - Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1971, now widely acknowledged as one the first museum solo shows of digital art. In 1972, he introduces the cube as a fixed system with which signs are generated. In the first part of this work phase, an alphabet of signs is created from the twelve lines of a cube. In some works, statistics and rotation are used in the algorithm to generate signs. In others, combinatorial, logical and additive operators generate the global and local structures of the images. In the second part of this work phase, cubes are divided into two parts by one of the Cartesian planes. For each image the two partitions contain independent rotations of a cube. By rotating both parts of these cubes in small but different increments, long sequences of images are developed. In the last few years Manfred Mohr work have been featured in exhibitions such as « Electronic Superhighway », at Whitechapel Gallery London, in 2016; « Artists and Robots » at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 2018; « Coder le Monde » at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2018 and « Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in art » at Whitney Museum NY, 2019, to name a few.


Artists

Press

Cubic Limit


Computer generated algorithmic film converted to digital format
4 min
1973-1974

Cubic Limit

by Manfred Mohr

16 mm algorithmic film generated by computer and converted into digital format
4 min
1973-1974

P-036

by Manfred Mohr

Plotter drawing on paper
Unique piece
75 x 94 cm
1970

p231-CC

by Manfred Mohr

Plotter drawing on paper
70 x 105 cm
1978-80

p021-IR1-11_Zuse

by Manfred Mohr

Plotter drawing on paper
60 x 60 cm
1970

Untitled

by Manfred Mohr

35 x 35 cm each
1968-1969

P-018-mf_11,14,20,21


light beam plotter drawings on photo paper
12x12 each
1969

P-122+


plotter drawing on paper
50x50 cm
1972

P-200//08


plotter drawing on paper
31x31 cm
1977-80

P-200//10


plotter drawing on paper
31x31 cm
1977-80

P-200//14


plotter drawing on paper
31x31 cm
1977-80

P-225-B


plotter drawing on paper
42x75 cm
1978

P-185BB2 I, II, III


plotter drawing on paper 3-parts
(3x) 37x37 cm
1976

P-135a


plotter drawing on paper
45.5x45.5 cm
1973

P-370-PZ


plotter drawing on paper, small series
12x12 cm each
1984

P-071


plotter drawing on tracing paper
37.5x45 cm
1970

P-026-F


plotter drawing on paper
48x39 cm
1970

P-185BB2 I, II, III


plotter drawing on paper 3-parts
(3x) 37x37 cm
1976

P-306-L


acryl/canvas/wood 4-parts
100x80 cm
1980-83

P-031


plotter drawing on tracing paper
20.5x27.5 cm
1970

P-090


plotter drawing on paper
39x39 cm
1971