Mar
18
1993
<em>P-499-As</em>
 

Manfred Mohr
P-499-As, 1993
Laser-cut steel, acrylic paint
15-part laserglyph
Dimensions variable

Mohr’s Laserglyph series (1991-92) is based on the 6-dimensional hyper-cube. This geometrically defined structure has 32 diagonals. The two endpoints of each diagonal lie diametrically opposite in the structure. A “diagonal-path” is the connection of two such diametric points through the network of edges of this complex structure. In a 6-D hyper-cube, each of these 32 diagonals have 720 different “diagonal-paths”.

For this particular Laserglyph, fifteen randomly selected “diagonal-paths” from this repertoire of 23040 (32×720) possible paths is made. The 2-D dimensional projection is cut out of a metal plate by a laser to form a relief. 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. This piece links line to language, process and conceptual systems. Mohr’s work is an important bridge between handmade manipulations and machine-calculated structures in art.

mohr_p-499a

Manfred Mohr
P-499-A, 1993

Laser-cut steel, acrylic paint
15-part laserglyph
Dimensions variable

Installation view, Josef Albers Museum, Germany, 1998

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