Jer Thorp, RGB - NYT Word Frequency, 1981 - 2010 (detail)
  • Jer Thorp, RGB - NYT Word Frequency, 1981 - 2010 (detail)
  • Jer Thorp, RGB - NYT Word Frequency, 1981 - 2010 (detail)
  • Jer Thorp, RGB - NYT Word Frequency, 1981 - 2010 (detail)

About the artist

Jer Thorp (CA) is a generative software artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. A former geneticist, his work explores the boundaries between science, mathematics, and art using custom-written computer programs.

Thorp is currently Data Artist-in-Residence at The New York Times, the first Artist-in-Residence at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) of NYU, and a contributing editor for Wired UK. His award-winning software-based work has been exhibited internationally., Thorp’s collection of organic Flash experiments and generative artworks, has been featured in numerous art and design publications.


This artwork was silk screened by the artist using only acid-free materials at Bushwick Print Lab.

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The launch of this first set of editions through Random Number Multiples is accompanied by You vs. the View, a one-night exhibition of works by Jer Thorp and Marius Watz.

Jer Thorp


RGB – NYT Word Frequency,
1981 – 2010 (2011)

Size20 (h) x 16 (w) in.
Process3-color silk screen
PaperFrench Smart White 80C
Border1 in. on all sides

This screen print visualizes the frequency of the words ‘red,’ ‘green,’ and ‘blue’ in The New York Times over two decades. The data is arranged in three overlapping rings to represent each color, and can be read in the clockwise direction. The graph also includes names of organizations that were associated with the represented colors, providing a telling representation of their affiliations and color preferences.

This image is related to Hope/Crisis – NYT Word Frequency, 1981 – 2010.