62 dossier A geometric abstract painter who started using the computer very early on as a fast and efficient tool, Vera Molnár, active since 1948, exhibits historical drawings, collages and digital works on the stand of 8+ 4 gallery (Paris). ——— A single line in black-and-white or in colour, tracing triangles, rectangles and various quadrilaterals, forms grids, scatters into networks. Born by the Danube river, Vera Molnár moved to France in 1947. From 1960 to 1968, she worked using an “imaginary machine”.As cybernetic instruments were too expensive at the time, she decided to use systematic logic. Her work consisted in simple programmes that determined series of transformation, following specific instructions that allowed for imagination. Lines could be evocative: letters from her mother, montagne Sainte-Victoire landscapes, paintings by masters (Monet, Malevich, Dürer). Co-founder of GRAV (Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel) and of Groupe Art et Informatique in 1967. In 1968, she created her first digital pieces. For Drawing Now, Vera Molnár is presenting several groups of drawings and collages – some of which are rare and come from her archives, covering several decades. In addition, there are those specifically created these past months. Fifty or so historical drawings, collages, gouache paintings and digital pieces are presented under the title De la Main à l’Ordinateur, Allers-Retours. “The art of painting starts on the retina: first the painters, then the spectator’s”, says the young 96-year-old artist. Translation Jessica Shapiro Sylvie Dupuis « Sainte Victoire en rouge ». 2019. Collage
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