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  • Object:


  • Date:

    ca. 1964-1974 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (photographer)
    Strand, Kerry (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photographic print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3H, shelf 26

This print is a photograph after a plotter drawing by Kerry Strand. In the late 1960s the artist worked with California Computer Products Inc., a company that produced plotters. A pen plotter is a mechanical drawing ‘arm’ linked to a computer. A computer program, written by the artist or programmer, drives the pen across the drawing surface and dictates its route. Plotter drawings are always linear, although close cross-hatching can enable plotter drawings to simulate an expanse of block colour.

Strand's artwork is also reproduced in the book published to accompany Cybernetic Serendipity, an exhibition held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968. The catalogue includes images of a number of works created using Calcomp equipment (p.91).

Physical description

Black and white photograph after a plotter drawing


ca. 1964-1974 (made)


Unknown (photographer)
Strand, Kerry (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Photographic print


Height: 54.2 cm, Width: 50.7 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph of 'Crest', a plotter drawing produced ca. 1964 by Kerry Strand.
Photographer unknown, ca. 1964-1974.

Production Note

The original artwork, after which this photograph was taken, was produced on a Calcomp 770 tape system and model 763 drum plotter (zip mode)


Photographic paper


Photography; Plotter drawing


Photographs; Computer Art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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