Plotter drawing ink on paper
32 x 31.5 in / 82 x 80 cm, framed
Typical of his early algorithmic work, this piece links line to language, process and conceptual systems. Mohr calculated the image using a program that he authored in the FORTRAN language. With a choice of different line characteristics, an alphabet of randomly generated elements is created.
More about the algorithm:
The drawing is constructed from a series of 2 horizontal solid lines spaced a distance apart. For each pair of lines, a random sequence of 0’s and 1’s is generated such that a short line is drawn at the bottom of the top line if the number is 1, and at the top of the bottom line if it is 0. As an aesthetic decision to not start or end with a solid horizontal line, the top and bottom of the drawing have missing complementary lines.