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Large Landscape: Ochre and Black
  • Charles Jeffries Bangert, artist
    born: Fargo, North Dakota, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
    Colette Stuebe Bangert, artist
    born 1934
    born: Columbus, Ohio, United States ; active: United States
  • Large Landscape: Ochre and Black, 1970
  • Where object was made: United States
  • color ink on paper, computer-plotter
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 32 x 23 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 81.28 x 58.42 cm
    Mat Dimensions: 36 x 30 in
  • Gift of Colette Stuebe Bangert and Charles Jeffries Bangert
  • Not on display
  • 1999.0232
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Cryptograph: An Exhibition for Alan Turing," Mar-2012, Stephen Goddard
Colette and Jeff Bangert were pioneers in the early days of computer-generated graphic art. This work, a unique algorithmic drawing, was produced by one of the Bangert’s programs (MELLY) written in the Fortran programming language. The artists recall that the steps involved in making this and similar works included typing code onto IBM 80-column punched cards with a keypunch machine, delivering the cards to the I/O (input output) desk at the KU Computer Center to have the program read from the cards and converted onto magnetic tape, receiving the tape from the I/O desk, and connecting the tape to a Calcomp plotter that did the actual printing. Colette recently reflected, “When I first saw this drawing plotting...I knew I had never seen such a drawing...it influenced much of what I did from then on, and then I began to very slowly see what Jeff and I had drawn then to even now.” SG