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Manfred Mohr | 1964 - 2011, Réflexions sur une esthétique programmée

curated by Laura Blereau

bitforms gallery, New York

Sep 9 - Oct 15, 2011



This exhibition is a celebration of the 40 year anniversary of Manfred Mohr's one-person exhibition "Computer Graphics - Une Esthétique Programmée" at ARC - Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 11. May - 6. June 1971. This show is considered the first exhibition which exhibited digital computer generated alogorithmic art, together with a demonstration of a mechanical pen plotter, in a museum. (See: Details of this show and its catalogue)

bitforms also subsequently presented the one-person exhibition "Manfred Mohr, 1963 - 2013, Réflexions sur une esthétique programée" at Art Basel in the "Art Features" section in Basel, Switzerland, June 11, 2013 - June 16, 2013 (See: Installation photos of this exhibition)








Global views of the exhibition        Installation photos courtesy bitforms gallery (click for larger image)




Global views of the exhibition        Installation photos by Estarose Wolfson (click for larger image)




More Works - in bitforms upstairs gallery and offices        Installation photos by Estarose Wolfson (click for larger image)
P511, Half-Planes, shaped canvas, 1995-1997
P411, Dimensions II, shaped canvas, 1987-1988
P-496, counterpoint, algorithmic painting, 1994-1995
P-1271, klangfarben, realtime algorithmic computer animation, 2006-2007
P-1271, klangfarben, realtime algorithmic computer animation, 2006-2007
P112, Lady Quark, plotter drawing , 1972
P511, Half-Planes, shaped canvas, 1995-1997 P411, Dimensions II, shaped canvas, 1987-1988 P112, Lady Quark, plotter drawing , 1972
P1011, subsets.motion, realtime algorithmic computer animation, 2005 (photo bitforms) P486, Laserglyphs, laser-cut steel , 1992




Closeup photos courtesy bitforms gallery        (click for larger image)
Random Numbers #2, computer generated paper collage, 1969 2x2, series of 4 silk screens, 1968 7 pour Faraday, painting, 1968
Explicative drawing for P-186, cubic limit I, 1976 bild 251/66, painting, 1966 P-018, random walk, 10 high resolution light beam plotter drawings, 1969
P-021, band-structures, plotter drawing from 1970 algorithm, 1970-1983 P-049, a formal language, plotter drawing on canvas from 1970 algorithm, 1970-1990 P-122, scratch code, plotter drawing, 1972
P-133, cluster phobia, plotter drawing , 1972 P-142, negative field syntax, plotter drawing, 1973 P-148, inschrift, plotter drawing, 1973
P-154, cubic limit I, series of 2 plotter drawings , 1973 P-159, cubic limit I, hybred sewing/plotter drawing I, 1974 P-159, cubic limit I, hybred sewing/plotter drawing II, 1974
P-188, cubic limit, plotter drawing , 1975-1978 P-1411, parallelResonance, realtime algorithmic animation, 2009-2010 P-1420, parallelResonance, algorithmic drawing, 2010
P-197, cubic limit II, plotter drawing from 1977 algorithm, 1977-1987 P-303, divisibility I, 4-part wooden relief, 1980-1981 Schrift-Bild, painting, 1964
Untitled, etching, 1964 Untitled, lithography, 1964 Untitled, lithography, 1964
Untitled, lithography, 1967 Wall Panel, comment board from Manfred Mohr's one-person exhibition "Computer Graphics - Une Esthétique Programmée" at ARC - Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1971
B-flat, wooden relief, 1968 P-112, Lady Quark, plotter drawing 1972 P-128, Sphereless, plotter drawing 1972
P-511, Half-Planes, shaped canvas, 1995-1997 P-499, Laserglyphs, series of 15 laser-cut steel reliefs, 1993 P-160, cubic limit I, plotter drawing , 1974
P-103, Visual Pythagoras, series of 4 plotter drawings, 1972 P-150, cubic limit - hexagons, plotter drawing, 1974




Closeup photos by Estarose Wolfson        (click for larger image)
P-777, space.color.motion, realtime algorithmic animation, 2002 Wall hanging, cubic limit I, series of 13 plotter drawings on sprocketed printer paper, 1976 P-1414, parallelResonance, pigment-ink on canvas, 2010-2011
P-163, cubic limit I, series of 2 of 4 plotter drawings .Or., .notOr., 1975 P-480, laserglyphs, series of 1 of 32 plotter drawings, 1992 P-147, triangles with sides as alphabet, plotter drawing, 1973




Texts, Photos, In the Vitrine        (click for larger image)
Text on wall with Schrift-Bild 1964 Text on wall Photo of Wooden sculpture built from computer generated random numbers, 1969
Global views of vitrine
Global views of vitrine Photos at opening, catalogue, invitiation from the 1971 show in Paris
Photo of Manfred Mohr by the plotter at opening of the 1971 show in Paris Photo of plotting of a Manfred Mohr drawing at Meteo National Paris, 1970 Photos of invitiation, poster and Manfred Mohr at the opening of his first one-person show at Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris 1968
Explicative drawing of Laserglyphs 1990
P-080, 2 cubes, plotter drawing, 1971 Story-board from computer generated 16-mm film, cubic limit 1973-1974, plotter drawing, 1974 Little Book of Random Numbers, photos of cover and inside, 1971
2 photos of cardboard construction of room with continuous line (from P-36), 1971
Tests for larger drawings and reliefs, P-397, divisibility III, 1984 Flow chart and photo of P-142, 1973
Photo of philosopher Max Bense whose writings influenced Manfred Mohr
Tele-conference between Paris and Geneva with Manfred Mohr participating, 1975
Wall hanging on sprocketed printer paper of transformation of one line of text into another, 1976
Photo of wall hanging above and others in show at Centre Cultural de Marais, Paris, 1976
Etching made from modified plotter engraving on cooper plate, cubic limit I, 1975 Experiments with anamorphoses, plotter drawings, 1976




Invitation, Press

Invitation



Press Release



Some Press about the exhibition


- Ara H. Merjian, Review: Manfred Mohr - bitforms gallery, ARTFORUM, 222 p, January 2012
- Geeta Dayal, Manfred Mohr: New York City USA, bitforms gallery, Frieze Magazin D/E, Issue 3, Winter 2011-12
        English     German
- Allison Meier, 1960s Computer Art Pioneer Gets a Retrospective in Chelsea, Hyperallergic.com, Sep 14 2011
- Dylan Schenker, Original Creators: Manfred Mohr, The Blog, September 05 2011
- Paul May, Manfred Mohr: Réflexions sur une Esthétique Programmeé, October 31 2011