Idealized Brushstrokes


Computer: IBM 7040
Programmed in FORTRAN
Produced at University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

“The idea behind this picture is that by studying mathematically the compositional elements employed by the great artists, one might discover artistic principles; and with the aid of a computer, these principles could be tested by using them to generate new examples of art. As a starting point, completely random arrangements of rectangles (idealized brush strokes) were examined. This picture makes several concepts that have been developed to produce organization in pattern and color.
The program was written in FORTRAN for an IBM 7040. The pattern of each sub-element is printed out to scale (using sixteen 9-inch square blocks of printout) together with the color designation in terms of the Munsell standard color notation. The printing is produced on canvas using acrylic paint.”
[Evan Harris Walker in: tendencije 4, exhib. cat., Galerija suvremene umjetnosti, Zagreb, 1970, n. p.]

Source: [Rosen, 2011]

Created 1966 in Coral Gables, FL, USA.
Artwork Type: print

print, c., computer-generated

Silk screen after a painting in acrylic on canvas
40.5 × 30.3 cm (image: 25.3 × 25.5 cm)

Part of Collection: Sammlung Clarissa