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Print - Quadrate (Squares)

Quadrate (Squares)

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silkscreen print after a plotter drawing

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    E.113-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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.

Physical description

Black, pink and orange geometric silkscreen print after a plotter drawing, depicting a series of interconnected and overlapping squares of varying sizes.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Franke, Herbert W., born 1927 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Silkscreen print after a plotter drawing

Dimensions

Height: 69.8 cm, Width: 49.6 cm

Descriptive line

Geometric silkscreen print after a plotter drawing, 'Quadrate' (Squares), by Herbert W. Franke, 1969/1970.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

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.

Labels and date

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]

Production Note

In collaboration with Franke, Georg Färber wrote the computer program.

Materials

Paper (fiber product); Colour printing ink

Techniques

Silkscreen print; Plotter drawing; Computer-generated

Subjects depicted

Geometric

Categories

Prints; Computer Art

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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