Henry and MONADS Posted: 07 March 2023
Possible link between Philosophy and Henry's machine-generated art?
A former Philosophy follower of Henry's has perhaps thrown light on a link between Henry's pictures and Leibniz's system of metaphysics involving MONADS.
This student, Christopher Coope, emailed Elaine O'Hanrahan the following on Nov 29, 2022:
“And when the time came to make sense of what Leibniz had in mind by a "monad," assuming this possible, he (Henry) had recourse to one of his machine drawings. Up it came on the screen, and bingo! one got the idea.”
In Leibniz’s system of metaphysics, monads are immaterial basic substances, similar to atoms, that make up the universe. Monads are all perfectly synchronised with each other by God in a 'preestablished harmony', which was also a favourite saying of my father's when things "magically seemed to come together for the best" (Henry quote).
Each monad is a unique, soul-like entity, like one of Henry's machine-drawings?
Machine 2 at London Science Museum Posted: 07 March 2023
The London Science Museum has photographed and catalogued the remains of Henry's Drawing Machine 2
This machine was un-operational and the only machine still in existence.
Five Henry pictures exhibited in Los Angeles Posted: 07 March 2023
Henry has had five of his pictures included in a major exhibition entitled:
"Coded: Art enters the Computer Age, 1952-1982"
Dates: Feb 12-July 2nd 2023
Venue: LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Curator: Leslie Jones
The exhibition catalogue gives a very comprehensive account of movements and artists during this period.
Right Click Save interview Posted: 07 March 2023
On Nov 16, 2022, Elaine O'Hanrahan (DP Henry's daughter) was interviewed, together with
Caroline Csuri (Chuck Csuri's daughter) by Alex Estorick and Doug Dodds
in the company of curator Leslie Jones.
Read the interview here:
Our thanks go to Michael Spalter for suggesting this interview.
Ex-Machina auction exhibition and sale Posted: 07 March 2023
A Henry machine-picture was included in the following exhibition:
"Ex-Machina:A History of Generative Art"
Date: July 13-20, 2022
Venue: Phillips Auction House
30, Berkeley Square,
London, W1J 6EX
Exhibition curator: Georg Bak
The Henry picture sold for over £5,000!