Georg Nees – Ornamental Spaces

Ornamental Spaces, 2022, exhibition view. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Ornamental Spaces, 2022, exhibition view. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Ornamental Spaces, 2022, exhibition view. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Ornamental Spaces, 2022, exhibition view. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Ornamental Spaces, 2022, exhibition view. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Fremde Instrumente; Construct/decor (10) - Augen Zum Zenith; Ellipsoide (6) - Kudel Nordwestnadir, laser prints, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Ellipsoide (6) - Kugel Nordwestnadir; Ellipsoide (2) - Kugel Fast Im Zenith; Ellipsoide (5) - Flachellipsoid Nordwest, laser prints, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Ellipsoide (5) - Flachellipsoid Nordwest; Ellipsoide (9) - Dionys In Apoll; Ellipsoide (5) - Flachellipsoid Nordwest, laser prints, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Subdivision 1; Labyrinthe (7) - Kippwinkel 6 Grad; Ellipsoide (1) - Flanken, laser prints, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Construct/Decor (8) - Chtonoid; Labyrinthe (4) - Decke Fast Isotrop; Labyrinthe (3) - Struktur Aufgedeckt, laser prints, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Construct/Decor (4) - Sieblabyrinth; Labyrinthe (9) - Fast Drinnen, laser prints, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Fremde Instrumente, laser print, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Construct Decor (1), laser print, 25 x 36 cm, 1986
Georg Nees, Labyrinthe (10) - Draussen, laser print, 25 x 36 cm, 1986. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees, Untiteled, silkscreen print, 70 x 100 cm, 1970
Ornamental Spaces, 2022, exhibition view. Photograph by Ea Bertrams
Georg Nees – Ornamental Spaces

Exhibition: 9 July – 27 August 2022

Opening program:
Friday, 8 July 2022, 7 pm: Concert with Robert Henke
Saturday, 9 July 2022, 3 pm: Wolf Lieser in conversation with Frieder Nake on the person of Georg Nees

Georg Nees (1926-2016) provided the groundwork for, and facilitated the subsequent explosion of, code-based art with his exhibition Computer Graphics, at the Studiengalerie Technische Hochschule Stuttgart. In 1968, he received his doctorate under Max Bense with a dissertation thesis on Generative Computer Graphics, which at the time was the first doctoral thesis worldwide on this subject. His early work from the 1960s is almost entirely in the collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen. 

“Nees was asked by Alex Kempkens in 1985 if he would like to participate in the exhibition Bilder Images Digital, which was planned for October 1986 at the Galerie der Künstler in Munich. He agreed, and created a new series of computer graphics. These graphics occupy a special position in Nees’ oeuvre, since he issued both simple and philosophical, as well as mythical, commands to produce the AI machine. The computer produces different graphics in relation to the questions. He wrote the programs in the Lisp language; a Siemens System 7000 calculated the graphics.” Wikipedia Georg Nees, 8.6.2022

We are now showing a solo exhibition of these works for the first time, supplemented with early screenprints.