Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print
January 18-April 3, 2008
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
This groundbreaking new exhibition examines the intersection of
digital technology and the graphic arts. Imaging by Numbers surveys
the use of computers in printmaking and drawing through approximately
60 works created by nearly 40 North American and European artists
from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition focuses on artists who
wrote their own computer code or collaborated with computer
engineers. Beginning with photographs of electronic waveforms by Ben
Laposky and Herbert Franke, Imaging by Numbers includes drawings made
with plotter printers by the likes of Manfred Mohr and Edward Zajec,
explorations of virtual worlds composed with 3-D imaging software by
David Em, and works created with inventive modifications and
combinations of traditional and digital printing techniques by such
artists as Lane Hall and Roman Verostko. Contemporary artists writing
their own computer programs or altering existing software - Joshua
Davis and C.E.B. Reas, for example - are also represented.
Imaging by Numbers is curated by Block Museum senior curator Debora
Wood and artist Paul Hertz.
Information about the show is here:
A concurrent show of installations, Space, Color and Motion:
A special Block Cinema event on February 6 "Imaging by Numbers: An
Evening of Early Computer Animation."
There's also a symposium of artists and scholars on Saturday, February 16:
Quite a full menu. If you are in the Chicago area, do give the show a
visit, and feel free to contact me about it. Evanston is just a short
ride from Chicago by public transportation (on the "El," our
subway/elevated rail system).
Paul Hertz <[log in to unmask]>