for Roman Verostko's participation
algorithmic pen & brush drawings
Park Scripture - M, Boole, 2005
Text: "The design of the following treatise is to investigate the fundamental laws of those operations of the mind by which reasoning is performed; to give expression to them in the symbolical language of a Calculus, and upon this foundation to establish the science of Logic"
Format: 224 characters, 8 characters per line, 14 lines per column, 2 columns
Source: An Investigation of the Laws of Thought. . ., George Boole, I,1, Macmillan London , 1854.
The glyphs on the right hand side, arranged in two columns, are translations of the Boole text. Click here for arrangement of the glyph translation.
Derivation of the Laws. . ., by George Boole with algorithmic illustrations by Roman Verostko, a limited edition, Minneapolis, 1990.
Display. Display shows 5 original books from the limited edition and 1 copy of the reproduction edition of The Derivation of the Laws by George Boole. Four of the books are opened to show the pen and ink drawings that were made individually and tipped in as front and end pieces for each book. The 5th book shows a text page with an illustration achieved with line cut plates made from algorithmic drawings.
Text. The text is Chapter III from Boole's Classic work, An Investigation of the Laws of Thought... (Macmillan, London, 1859). This edition includes a Preface by Roger Malina, a statement by Roman and a Postscript.
For this edition 125 original front and end-pieces were created in the
artist's studio. Each frontispiece was drawn and brushed, stroke for
stroke, with Verostko's coded procedure guiding the drawing arm of a pen
plotter. This edition
exemplifies a radical new procedure whereby the same "parent"
code, created by the artist, generates a series of original drawings.
Each drawing, in this family of forms, bears a familial resemblance to
the others. This edition (1990) may be the first instance where an
algorithmic improvisational series of original drawings was created for
a bound limited edition.
Other illustrations: For the illustrations accompanying the text the artist created algorithmic drawings in four colors. Using the master code he cloned each color in a separate drawing using black ink. From these drawings four line cut zinc plates were made for each color illustration.
edition was created as a tribute to the 19th Century
mathematician George Boole (1815-1864). Boole’s treatise on the Laws
demonstrates the direct link between Aristotle’s principle of
contradiction and the symbolic logic known today as Boolean Algebra.
Boolean logic, a symbolic language seminal to the development of
modern circuit boards, is fundamental to programming languages. The
illustrations for this edition, generated with principles outlined
in Boole’s Laws, exemplify the profound kinship emerging today between
art and coded procedure.
Edition. The limited edition of 125 copies, bound in leather, was pulled by hand at the St. Sebastian Press in Minneapolis in 1990. The type, Gill Sans, cast by M&H Type of San Francisco, is printed on Frankfurt text, with Kohl & Madden inks, by Michael Tomaszewski. The work was also issued in a reproduction paperback version based on the original type setting and plotter drawings (February 1991, ISBN 1-879508-07-9). The press is no longer active. The artist retains a limited number of copies of each edition