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Quadrate (Squares)

Print
1970 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Herbert Franke created this work with the assistance of Georg Färber. Färber had access to the computer systems at the University of Munich and wrote the computer program based on a set of dates provided by the artist. The original computer graphic output was a small black and white plotter drawing (24cm x 24cm). Franke later produced coloured prints. In 1970 Franke created a larger (40 x 60cm) red, orange and black silkscreen print for the Venice biennale.

The artwork is informed by Information Aesthetics, a theory that bridges philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, social sciences and art theory. The distribution of squares across the surface area relates to research by the German mathematician and cyberneticist Helmar Frank.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silkscreen print after a plotter drawing
Brief Description
Geometric silkscreen print after a plotter drawing, 'Quadrate' (Squares), by Herbert W. Franke, 1969/1970.
Physical Description
Black, pink and orange geometric silkscreen print after a plotter drawing, depicting a series of interconnected and overlapping squares of varying sizes.
Dimensions
  • Height: 69.8cm
  • Width: 49.6cm
Gallery Label
Herbert W. Franke born 1927 Squares (Quadrate) 1969/70 This screenprint was produced from a unique plotter drawing. A pen plotter is a mechanical device that drives a pen across a drawing surface, according to instructions from a computer. Plotter drawings are typically linear, although shading can be produced by cross-hatching. Many early plotter drawings were created in black and white, with vibrant colours added later. Screenprint Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London Museum no. E.113-2008(07/12/2009 - 20/06/2010)
Credit line
Given by the Computer Arts Society, supported by System Simulation Ltd, London
Production
In collaboration with Franke, Georg Färber wrote the computer program.
Subject depicted
Summary
Herbert Franke created this work with the assistance of Georg Färber. Färber had access to the computer systems at the University of Munich and wrote the computer program based on a set of dates provided by the artist. The original computer graphic output was a small black and white plotter drawing (24cm x 24cm). Franke later produced coloured prints. In 1970 Franke created a larger (40 x 60cm) red, orange and black silkscreen print for the Venice biennale.



The artwork is informed by Information Aesthetics, a theory that bridges philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, social sciences and art theory. The distribution of squares across the surface area relates to research by the German mathematician and cyberneticist Helmar Frank.

Bibliographic Reference
Herzogenrath, Wulf and Nierhoff-Wielk, Barbara, eds. Ex-Machina - Frühe Computergrafik bis 1979. Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2007. ISBN 978-3-422-06689-2. p.343 (cat. 79), ill.
Other Number
CAS/A/0093 - Previous owner's number
Collection
Accession Number
E.113-2008

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record createdFebruary 26, 2009
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