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Jean-Pierre Hébert

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Considered one of the pioneers in the field of digital art, I started experimenting drawing with a computer in the mid-1970s. In 1989, after working for 20 years isolated in my studio, I discovered a small community of other plotter artists. In 1995, I co-founded the Algorists. I coined the word and coded an algorithmic definition of it.

Fascinated by the line, which is the essence of drawing, I have developed a diversity of drawing families using mathematics, geometry, physics and poetry. For each conceptual idea, I write algorithms which my personal software interprets and transforms into a drawing, a visual poem. After discovering John Cage's work, and strongly in tune with his philosophy, my initial obsession with precise line constructions has opened up to chance, motion, light, and text. Since 1999, I create ephemeral installations with sand, water, wind. The aim of my work remains an expression of quiet beauty and peaceful meditation.

Current shows:

“Drawn from a Score, Beall Center for Art+Technology, University of California, Irvine (Oct 7, 2017-Feb 3, 2018)

“Illuminated (space)”, group show at Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio (Oct 6-Dec 31, 2017)

Art Elysees, Paris, France (Art Fair with RCM Galerie) (Oct 19-23, 2017)

“The Algorists”, Orange Door Chicago, Thoma Art Foundation, Chicago, Illinois (Aug 31, 2017-Summer 2018)

Recent shows (more on the résumé page):

Pioneers in Computer Art 1960s-70s group show in Paris, at rcm galerie June 15-July 31 2017)

“Underground Show”, at the KITP, University of California, Santa Barbara

simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
(frank lloyd wright)

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