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José Luis Alexanco

Madrid, 1942

After a solid academic training as a painter and printmaker, in 1969 Alexanco became interested in the work being done at the Seminar for the Analysis and Automatic Generation of Visual Forms, which was part of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s Calculus Center, where he was active until 1972. It was there that he learned computer programming, becoming the first Spanish artist to formulate and develop a computer program that generated both flat and three-dimensional shapes. His interest in automatism and the use of computer-based technology—until then only employed for mathematical and scientific calculations—led Alexanco to devise conceptual works based on games of mathematical logic and on the formal transformation of shapes, which allowed him to create sequences of related groups of shapes.

"Curvas usadas", 1977
Curvas usadas, 1977

Curvas usadas is based on a series of curves that Alexanco used to generate volumetric figures. It comprises a sequence of closed outlines derived from successive cross-sections of a volumetric shape, a procedure derived from the theory of differential calculus that is used to make topographical models. In fact, if the shapes drawn on the paper were cut out in sheets of a certain thickness and superimposed in order, they would present the volume of a solid shape, a procedure that Alexanco has used to generate series of sculptures of a slightly anthropomorphic nature.

Javier Maderuelo

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