'T.V.C.= =20=68179'

Print
1971 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This impact print was created by the Italian-born artist Edward Zajec, in collaboration with Matjaz Hmeljak. It forms part of a series entitled The Cube: Theme and Variations (T.V.C.). The three dimensional effect is produced by repeating a small number of characters, some of them in a bold typeface.

Zajec studied painting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, then at Ohio University, in the United States. He started to use computers in 1968, at a time when he was experimenting with the concept of redundancy in his paintings. He returned to Italy in 1970 and worked at the University of Trieste. In 1980 he moved back to the United States, where he founded the computer art programme at Syracuse University.

Zajec has created and exhibited many computer graphic works, plus interactive projects and digital films. He took part in the ground-breaking Tendencies 4 exhibition in Zagreb (1968 -9) and also showed five works from the T.V.C. series in Tendencies 5 (1973).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Print
  • Print
Additional TitleThe Cube: Theme and Variations (series title)
Materials and Techniques
Impact print on fanfold paper
Brief Description
Impact print on fanfold paper, 'T.V.C.= =20=68179', by Edward Zajec, Italy, Trieste, 1971
Physical Description
This square format computer print-out (or impact print on fanfold paper) shows an image created by repeating various symbols. The five characters I - = * and 8 are used to create cuboid shapes that have a simple 3-D effect. The series title, number and date and included at the bottom, along with the surnames of the programmer and artist. The fanfold paper is signed and dated by the artist in pencil. The sheet is folded around a card to create its square format.
Dimensions
  • Height: 28cm
  • Length: 21.8cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'T.V.C.= =20=68179= = 71' (Inscribed at bottom line of print.)
  • 'PRG==HMELJAK==ART==ZAJEC==' (Inscribed at bottom line of print. Hmeljak refers to the name of the programmer, whilst Zajec is the name of the artist.)
  • 'Centro di Calcolo Dell' Universita di Trieste' (Printed on the continuous paper.)
  • Stamp showing a building with the inscription: 'Universita degli Studi di Trieste - Ricorda e Splendi' (Printed on the continuous paper.)
Gallery Label
Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018) EDWARD ZAJEC (born 1938) AND MATJAZ HMELJAK (dates unknown) ‘T.V.C.= =20=68179’ from the series The Cube: Theme and Variations (T.V.C.) Italy, 1971 This impact print forms part of a series in which the Italian-born artist Edward Zajec explores the influence of probability or chance in the arrangement of the shapes. The three-dimensional effect is produced by using heavily-inked characters to create the shaded areas. It was created by Zajec in collaboration with Matjaz Hmeljak, a computer programmer at the University of Trieste, Italy. Computer-generated impact print Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince Museum no. E.970-2008(07/07/2018-18/11/2018)
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patric Prince
Summary
This impact print was created by the Italian-born artist Edward Zajec, in collaboration with Matjaz Hmeljak. It forms part of a series entitled The Cube: Theme and Variations (T.V.C.). The three dimensional effect is produced by repeating a small number of characters, some of them in a bold typeface.



Zajec studied painting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, then at Ohio University, in the United States. He started to use computers in 1968, at a time when he was experimenting with the concept of redundancy in his paintings. He returned to Italy in 1970 and worked at the University of Trieste. In 1980 he moved back to the United States, where he founded the computer art programme at Syracuse University.



Zajec has created and exhibited many computer graphic works, plus interactive projects and digital films. He took part in the ground-breaking Tendencies 4 exhibition in Zagreb (1968 -9) and also showed five works from the T.V.C. series in Tendencies 5 (1973).
Associated Object
E.971-2008 (Version)
Bibliographic Reference
Leavitt, Ruth, ed. The artist and the computer. New York: Harmony Books, 1975. p. 52-53.
Collection
Accession Number
E.970-2008

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