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Print - Scratch Code: 1970-1975

Scratch Code: 1970-1975

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1976 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mohr, Manfred, born 1938 (artist)
    éditions média (publishers)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince

  • Museum number:

    E.977:1 to 11-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case PAT, shelf 6 []

This portfolio of eight black and white screenprints by Manfred Mohr (born 1938, Germany) was published by éditions média in 1976. Each screenprint was produced from a pen plotter drawing made by the artist between 1970 and 1975. A pen plotter is a mechanical device that holds a pen or brush and is linked to a computer that controls its movements. Pen plotter drawings can be very time consuming to produce. By transferring the unique plotter drawing into a screenprint, the artist was able to produce multiple copies of the image.

Each image in this set of eight prints was created using a computer program written by Manfred Mohr.

Physical description

Portfolio of 8 black and white screenprints after plotter drawings by Manfred Mohr, 1 title page, 1 page of text, and portfolio box of natural coloured card with white text. Published by éditions média, 1976.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

1976 (published)

Artist/maker

Mohr, Manfred, born 1938 (artist)
éditions média (publishers)

Dimensions

Height: 28 cm, Length: 21.8 cm

Descriptive line

Portfolio of 8 black and white screenprints after plotter drawings by Manfred Mohr, edition 51/80, published by éditions média, 1976.

Labels and date

Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018)

MANFRED MOHR (born 1938)
Clockwise, from top left: P-122, P-155, P-021, P-049
Paris, 1970–74

Manfred Mohr began his career as a jazz musician and expressionist painter. He started exploring geometric imagery in the mid 1960s, producing his first computer-generated drawings in 1969. In this series of prints produced from plotter drawings, the computer program creates a range of geometric shapes that echo some of his earlier artworks. Mohr went on to examine the possibilities presented by the cube.

4 screenprints after plotter drawings
From the portfolio Scratch Code: 1970–1975, published by Éditions Média, 1976
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Museum no. E.977:3 to 6-2008

(Text updated 14/8/2018) [07/07/2018-18/11/2018]

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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