Computer Drawing Exhibition: DP Henry and Beyond – Leicester, 2-17 December 2015

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Interact Digital Arts is bringing the work of pioneering computer artist DP Henry to Leicester. A collection of original drawings will be on show in the Phoenix CaféBar and three pieces each by by DP Henry, Patrick Tresset, Jack Tait, Damon Roberts, Esther Rolinson and Damien Borowik are being exhibited at the LCB Depot LightBox. The exhibition is running from 2nd until 17th December and is being accompanied by a number of talks and workshops.

Desmond Paul Henry was a pioneering computer artist who created beautiful images in the 1960s using a modified World War Two “bombsight” computer. While receiving a degree recognition during his lifetime (his work was championed by the painter LS Lowry in 1961 and was featured at the seminal Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the ICA in 1968) it has only been in recent years that his importance in the history of British computer art has been fully recognised. This is largely down to the work of his daughter, Elaine O’Hanrahan, in researching and cataloging her father’s work and publicising it to a wider audience.

For this exhibition have worked with Elaine O’Hanrahan to bring part of her collection of original DP Henry artworks to Leicester for the very first time. This is a rare opportunity to see so much of Henry’s work in one place and I’m sure that it is one that many people from Leicester and beyond will enjoy. The exhibition is running for just over two weeks and is being accompanied by a display of artworks by contemporary artists who use drawing machines and computer technology in their work.

The show is split across two sites in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter, just two minutes walk from each other and five minutes from the train station. Eleven pieces by DP Henry are on show in the Phoenix CaféBar and three pieces each by DP Henry, Patrick Tresset, Jack Tait, Damon Roberts, Esther Rolinson and Damien Borowik are being exhibited at the LCB Depot LightBox. There are also a number of computer drawing related events happening during the exhibition. Entry to all activities is free.

Sean Clark
Exhibition Curator
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