[spectre] Manfred Mohr - first solo exhibition in London
steve.j.fletcher at btinternet.com
Fri Nov 23 19:33:10 CET 2012
zero is Manfred Mohr’s first solo exhibition in London.
The show presents a concise survey of his fifty-year practice. Harnessing the
automatic processes of the computer, Mohr’s work brings together his deep
interest in music and mathematics to create works that are rigorously minimal
but have an elegant lyricism that belie their formal underpinnings. Through
drawing, painting, sculpture and screen-based works, the show examines the
artist’s practice through the prism of music and the idea that what is left out
is as important as what remains.
Mohr was one of the first visual artists to explore
the use of algorithms and computer programs to make independent abstract
artworks. His early computer plotter drawings– begun when he had access to one of the
earliest computer driven plotter drawing machines – are delicate, spare
monochrome works on paper derived from algorithms devised by the artist and
executed by the computer. P198aa (1977-79) is an elegant composition of linear
repetition and rhythm, that hints at multi-dimensional space.
one and zero explores the forty-year
influence on Mohr’s practice of the cube in 3, 4, 5, 6 and 11 dimensions and
the possibilities of further, higher variations. Originally a jazz
musician, he compares the form to the saxophone, and the complex improvisation
that the instrument allows within fixed tonal parameters. His large-scale
lacquered steel sculpture - P-499A (1993) – is composed of fifteen
diagonally connecting sections evolved from Mohr’s investigation into the 6-dimensional hyper-cube.
Since 1999, Mohr’s use of colour has allowed himto createmore intricate spatial relationships within two
(2002), a large-scale five-panel digital print on canvas compels and
intrigues with its orchestration of solid greens, blues, purples and pink.
More recently, digital technologies have enabled the artist to create works
such as P1411-A (2010),
in which a generative algorithm based on an 11-dimensional hyper-cube manifests
an evolving progression of colour and shape on a contemporary computer screen.
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