A. Michael Noll
Date Created: 1963
Edition Info: Printed in 1965
Framed Dimensions: 13.75 x 12.25 in.
Unframed Dimensions: 12 x 9 in.
Medium: photographic print on standard photographic print stock
Inventory ID: Noll-1963-01
signed and dated 12/03 in ink lower right
copyright AMN 1965 printed below the image lower left
artist name, title, and original creation date 1963 printed below the image lower center
Correspondence with the artist on 1/18/2021 regarding this work:
It is a photographic print from a negative. The print was probably made in the mid 1960s. It is on standard photographic print stock. Many copies (a dozen or so) were made.
The work is called “Gaussian-Quadratic.” It should be credited: Conceived and programmed in 1963 by A. Michael Noll, employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated at Murray Hill, NJ.”
The copyright date is 1965, since that was the year the work was first shown publicly (at the Howard Wise Gallery). The work was created in 1963.
My web site describes the work also.
The x-axis coordinates were calculated by a subroutine that calculated number that appeared random with a Gaussian distribution. The y-axis coordinates were calculated with a quadratic equation. When a vertical number exceeded the range (1024), it was reelected back down modulo to rise again. The final effect after reminded me of the cubism of Picaso’s “Ma Jolie.” This work has always been my favorite.
Detail images of the work
accompanying envelope reads: “This is an original Stereo 3D Pain from 1964, IBM7094 computer and Stromberg-Carlson SC-4020 plotter” signed and dated on the envelope text within image reads: “Job AB15 A.M.Noll 13hrs 56min 53sec 06/01/64″
accompanying envelope reads: “This is an original of a “Mondrian” from the IBM7094 computer and Stromberg-Carlson SC-4020 plotter from 1965″ signed and dated on the envelope text within image reads: “Job AB15 A.M.Noll 09hrs 42min 02sec 09/13/65”
four punch cards stapled together as an exhibition announcement for “Computer-Generated Pictures” curated by Bela Julesz and A. Michael Knoll at Howard Wise Gallery, NYC, April 6-24, 1965
signed and dated 12/03 in ink lower right copyright AMN 1965 printed below the image lower left artist name, title, and original creation date 1964 printed below the image lower center Handwritten message on cardboard attached to the back of the frame: “12/15/03 Mr. Spalter – I hope you and your wife enjoy these […]