Manfred Mohr
P-188, 1975-1978
Plotter drawing ink on paper
6.75 x 36.2 in / 17 x 92 cm

In the Cubic Limit work series, Manfred Mohr introduced the cube into his work as a fixed system with which signs are generated. In the first part of this work phase (1972-76), an alphabet of signs is created from the twelve lines of a cube. In some works, statistics and rotation are used in the algorithm to generate signs. In others, combinatorial, logical and additive operators generate the global and local structures of the images.

The emergence of three-dimensional volume – specifically, moving from a square to a cube – is the focus of this picture. In this drawing, six iterations are made from start to finish using 24 lines each. The starting point depicts a flat 12×12 grid. The ending point is a three-dimensional image of two interlocking cubes. To this end, the rotation of each line in the four middle steps is calculated using an algorithm authored by Manfred Mohr in FORTRAN. The piece was drawn to paper using a Benson plotter.


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