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Charles A. Csuri
Transitional Works, 1962 - 1965 ➔ Hand

Artwork

Identifer
C07.13059
Creator
Charles A. Csuri
Date
1965
Material
blue prints
Measurements
47 in. x 40 in (119 cm x 102 cm)
Notes
"Since the 1960s, Csuri studied the relationship between idea, decision, and physical production, as well as the effects of the art object on the observer. By 1961, he had developed a form of conceptual word poem, anticipating methods of conceptual art that emerged only a few years later. Csuris methods allowed him to replace a painting with its verbal description. 'The notion of nonvisual cues, such as words, as the art object was of interest to me,' Csuri remembers. Hand, a later example of this series from 1965, offers the observer only the verbal description of a hand, challenging the different modes of information communicable by image and words. Csuri used words to define an image in the mind of the observer. As a programmer, he would use numbers to define images drawn with electrons on the screen of a cathode-ray tube. Words and numbers stepped into the mimetic, painterly depiction of the world." [Margit Rosen, Beyond Boundaries catalogue, p. 30.]

Historical Significance
"Since the 1960s, Csuri studied the relationship between idea, decision, and physical production, as well as the effects of the art object on the observer. By 1961, he had developed a form of conceptual word poem, anticipating methods of conceptual art that emerged only a few years later. Csuris methods allowed him to replace a painting with its verbal description. 'The notion of nonvisual cues, such as words, as the art object was of interest to me,' Csuri remembers. Hand, a later example of this series from 1965, offers the observer only the verbal description of a hand, challenging the different modes of information communicable by image and words. Csuri used words to define an image in the mind of the observer. As a programmer, he would use numbers to define images drawn with electrons on the screen of a cathode-ray tube. Words and numbers stepped into the mimetic, painterly depiction of the world." [Margit Rosen, Beyond Boundaries catalogue, p. 30.]
Related person
Charles A. Csuri