Gerhard von Graevenitz embodies a legacy of the late modernist
tendencies after WW2 such as op-art, kinetic art, and other movements.
He was a co-founder of the Nouvelle Tendence and a member of
ZERO. Von Graevenitz made works that investigate elementary movement and
visual experience. He constructed ‘play-objects’, some of which were
models for multiples, and made serigraphs investigating non-hierarchical
fields on the basis of chance-operations. He participated in important
exhibitions on the subject of perception such as The Responsive Eye
(MOMA, 1965). From 1972 onwards Von Graevenitz used a chance-generator
for computer-graphics for his works.
The kinetic object Zwei Streifen is
one of the first object Von Graevenitz made after his return from
Paris. The black and white lines move at slow speed independently over
the square canvas and never touch or overlap each other.