<em>7 pour Faraday</em>

Manfred Mohr
7 pour Faraday, 1968
Acrylic on canvas
7 x 10.25 in / 18 x 26 cm

Mohr’s work is an important bridge between handmade manipulations and machine-calculated structures in art. Following a series of geometric experiments, a shift toward hard-edge painting by 1967 immediately preceded Mohr’s use of the computer as a tool for art. In this period of work, his fascination with modern electronic hardware emerges, seen in his use of iconic shapes resembling schematics. Mohr’s interest in electronic and circuitry, in part, predisposed him to being so adventurous in using computers for his art in the late 1960s.

Painted in acrylic on canvas, this picture is in the last series of paintings that Mohr would create without the assistance of a computer. Visually it borrows from a technical language of signs used in schematics, such as those used to depict vacuum tubes and sine waves. In the figure-ground relationship of these pieces lies an abstract visual tension. This piece is representative of the works exhibited in Nov 1968 at Mohr’s first solo exhibition with the Daniel Templon gallery in Paris, which showed his hard edge paintings.


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