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Karl Gerstner, Review of Seven Chapters of Constructive Pictures

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Editor: Eugen Gomringer
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Publication: 2003, First Edition
Binding: Case-bound
Pages: 255
Size: 238 x 304mm
Text: English


As a visual creator, Karl Gerstner has led a double life: as a graphic designer working on commission and as an artist working on his own. In the field of Constructive Art, Gerstner's work is unique. He never designed pictures in the traditional sense but algorithms, meaning operations from which further possibilities developed — so to speak of their own accord.

The editor Eugen Gomringer calls Gerstner "perhaps the most comprehensive systematician of today's art."

In each of the seven chapters, Gerstner describes and shows a pictorial invention and what followed from them. He thus gives an account of his work of fifty years  beginning with the early Serial Pictures of the fifties, participatory objects that involve the viewer as a co-designer — via the Color Forms created on the basis of a Color Form Model Gerstner developed — to the most recent works where Gerstner transposes basic principles of fractal geometry into pictures. 258 pages with 607 illustrations.

Condition: Very Good. All titles are used and show light shelf ware consistent with age.

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