Process 18 (Image A 9,10), 2010
Pair of unique C-prints
17.2 x 11.25 in / 43.5 x 28.6 cm
Diptychs in the Process 18
series use line as a primary form. The behavior of line in these pieces is guided by the artist’s instructions. Reas’ approach to writing computer code is akin to Sol LeWitt’s authorship of instructions for wall drawings, but generative software procedures replace the human hand. Also influenced by earlier artists and thinkers working within systemic conceptual frameworks such as Euclid, Lissitzky, and Haacke, Reas focuses on relationships between dynamic elements.
“Using grey scale and static images, the formal attributes of a system are reduced,” says the artist. “Introducing a kinetic field of action or a color representation of the system will present the viewer with higher complexity.” Seen as a collective, the generative and serial nature of Reas’ instructions is rendered visible, and another viewpoint of the system emerges.