Véra Molnar - Main/Machine

Véra Molnar - Main/Machine

A game between the hand and the computer, a subject that has animated Vera Molnar's thinking for decades.

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This double-entry book was conceived by Vera Molnar for her ninety-seventh birthday. It is based on a set of drawings by the artist made in July 2020 and compiled in a booklet entitled '97'.

The front of the book reproduces, on tracing paper, the artist's hand drawings, while the back presents the computer interpretations, offering the reader a set of variations around the number 97.

This edition questions here the relationship between man and machine, between human will and the analytical power of the computer, a subject that has animated Vera Molnar's thinking for decades. Far from being here a simple confrontation, the artist's practice remains first and foremost a game which explores two fields of possibilities which, on the one hand, gives free rein to her hand and her creative capacity and, on the other, to the computer's programmed and precise execution.

It was printed in 45 copies, on Sennelier, Awagami and Cromàtico paper and composed in Dauphine, including 35 copies for sale, signed and numbered from 1 to 35. Hand binding. 


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Number of pages
16,5 x 16,5 cm
45 copies
Signed and numbered
Hand binding
Publication date

Molnar (Véra)

Born 1924 (5th January) in Vera Gacs, Budapest. Lives and works in Paris as well as in Normandy

1942-47 studied painting and for a diploma in art history and aesthetics at the Budapest College of Fine Arts. 1946 first non-representational images are created. 1947 artists′ fellowship in Rome at the Villa Julia moved to France. 1947-60 occasional co-operation with François Molnar. 1948 marriage to François Molnar. 1959-68 works with the machine imaginaire method. 1960 Co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche d′Art Visuel (GRAV) first participation in an exhibition organized by her friend Max Bill with the title Konkrete Kunst (Concrete Art) in Zurich, Helmhaus. 1967 Co-founder of the Group Art et Informatique at the Parisian Institut d′Esthétique et des Sciences de l′Art. 1968 first computer graphics are designed: thereafter continuous work with the computer. 1976 development of the "Molnart" computer software programme jointly with her husband first single exhibition Transformations at the gallery of the London Polytechnic. 1979 works at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, at the Atelier de Recherche des Techniques Avancées (ARTA). 1980 member of the Centre deRecherche Expérimentale et Informatique des Arts Visuels(CREIAV) at the Université de Paris I, Sorbonnethe first artist′s book 1% de désordre is published by Wedgepress & Cheese in Bjerred (Sweden). 1985-90 lectureship in fine arts and aesthetics and art history at the Université de Paris I, Sorbonne. 1990 her works are on display at major European exhibitions on non-representational art and avantgarde the first installative work is created for the Foundation of Concrete Art, Reutlingen . 1999 large monographic exhibition Extrait de 100 000 milliards de lignes at the Centre de Recherche, d′Échange et de Diffusion pour l′Art Contemporain (CRÉDAC) in Ivry-sur-Seine. 2005 recipient of the first d.velop digital art award [ddaa] for her life′s work, organised annually by the Digital Art Museum [DAM] and honoured with an individual exhibition by the Kunsthalle Bremen

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