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. Blprnt.com, Thorpâ€™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.
Hope/Crisis – NYT Word Frequency, 1981 – 2010 (2011)
|Size||16 (h) x 20 (w) in.|
|Process||2-color silk screen|
|Paper||French Smart White 80C|
|Border||1 in. on all sides|
In startlingly clear terms, this two-color screen print visualizes the frequency of occurrence of the words â€˜hopeâ€™ (blue) and â€˜crisisâ€™ (graphite) in The New York Times over a twenty year period. Thorpâ€™s word selection presents a snapshot of recent news stories, laying out the interconnected and complex narrative of world affairs in the form of a timepiece graph.
This image is related to RGB – NYT Word Frequency, 1981 – 2010.