Robert Mallary

Quad III

1969

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Artist
Robert Mallary 1917–1997
Medium
Plywood, metal and resin on plywood base
Dimensions
Object: 2130 × 350 × 336 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Tate Americas Foundation 2019
Reference
T15312

Display caption

New Tendencies artists and theorist were interested in the growing influence of computers on the visual arts, and on wider society. As rational and systematic instruments, they believed they could contribute to the democratisation of art. In 1969 the fourth edition of the New Tendencies exhibition in Zagreb was dedicated to ‘Computers and Visual Research’. American artist Robert Mallary contributed a sculpture created using the computer program TRAN2. The program generated a vertical sequence of 48 forms, which were then printed and used as patterns to cut the individual plywood ‘slices’ forming the sculpture.

Gallery label, February 2020

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