At Bitforms, Manfred Mohr’s un-Renaissance Perspective

THE DAILY PIC: Digital art that has roots in art's first mathematical system


THE DAILY PIC (#1445): It so happens that I first came across the work of the pioneering German artist Manfred Mohr, now showing at Bitforms gallery in New York, when I was barely a teenager, decades ago in a wonderful Montreal space called Galerie Gilles Gheerbrant. At the time, the work seemed utterly modern, on the cutting edge of the then-new field of digital abstraction. Since then, I spent most of a decade studying Renaissance art, and especially its discovery of one-point perspective. Now, the mobile lines in Mohr’s art seem to be all about that kind of traditional spatial geometry, but given a new flexibility as a parade of zeros and ones. (Today’s work, from 1994-1995,  is titled P-495-2, and appears courtesy Bitforms gallery, New York)

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