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Documentation for Roman Verostko's participation

algorithmic pen & brush drawings


Los Angeles Convention Center
July 31-August 4, 2005

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Pearl 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.

  • See Alice Wagstaff's  introduction to the Berlin show of the Pearl Park Scriptures:   English Deutsch


Display Case


Frontispiece #75
, algorithmic  brush, pen & ink drawing

Frontispiece #74, algorithmic brush, pen & ink drawing

Endpiece #66, algorithmic pen & ink drawing 

Endpiece #71, algorithmic pen & ink drawing 

Text page with illustration.

Black & white reproduction
edition  frontispiece. 




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.

Frontispieces & Endpieces. 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. 

Rationale. This 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

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