New Generations exhibition in Leicester Posted: 16 March 2024

Nov 23 to Jan 24
Two Henry pictures were exhibited in New Generations, at The Lightbox Gallery, Leicester, as part of a generative art exhibition of work by artists responding to artworks in the Computer Arts Archive. Paul Mazzitelli was inspired to base his artwork on that of Desmond Paul Henry.

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.