ThinkLine, 2010, image featuring works from Roman Verostko and Tony Longson
Exhibition: 4th September - 6th November 2010
Opening: 3rd September, 6–10 pm
7:30 pm Introduction to the exhibition by Wolf Lieser
- Extended opening hours for the DC Open weekend: Sat, 4th September, noon-8pm + Sun, 5th September noon-6pm
- Fr, 29th October, 8pm: satelita presents a concert of contemporary music as part of the series „Nachtjournal“
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Think Line is a comprehensive exhibition of a so far mostly neglected aspect of new media art. It is dedicated to drawing,based on a program written by the artist. Think Line encompasses artworks of the last 40 years. Beside internationally renown artists like Manfred Mohr or Vera Molnar, who will be part of an exhibition at MoMA ,New York in autumn on the topic of line, it also presents young positions like Marius Watz. Along with several examples of their work the exhibition includes as well the written concept of the artwork.
Drawing is an art form with long tradition. But in the second half of the 20th century it became possible to create drawings with the help of the computer. This fact expanded the possibilities for an artist and added a new dimension to the concept of drawing. The artist started to write down a concept, transferred it into a programming language, which resulted in an algorithm, and by doing so, he was able to create a drawing with a computer driven pen plotter. The work in series became a basic rule, the introduction of random factors in the program resulted in variations of the original concept. With this kind of work the artist accomplishes a series of artworks in paper in black and white or colour. Continuously and elegantly, the pen plotter draws the line on paper.
The self written code of the artist is not only the actual creative medium but as well the means through which the idea is visualized. The art form units aspects of concept art with new media art. Many young artist see in this own programming a tool for their own artistic expression, they do not want to use commercial software packages with a predefined aesthetics.
Think Line features the broad range of drawings from the beginning in the 60's up to contemporary works where the drawing is no longer executed on paper but burned into aluminium plate with a laser. Tony Longson expanded the drawing into the third dimension by creating objects based on mounted milled plexiglass panels. This exhibition, by including the beginning of computer art, complements the series of exhibitions devoted to Konrad Zuse, the inventor of the computer, who would celebrate his 100th birthday this year.