T00567 RELIEF CONSTRUCTION 1960–2
Inscr. ‘Anthony Hill 1960’ on back of hardboard.
Rigid vinyl laminate (RVL) and aluminium angle sections bolted to a hardboard base and wooden frame, 43 1/2×36×1 7/8 (110·75×91·5×4·75).
Purchased from the I.C.A. (Grant-in-Aid) 1963.
Exh: Anthony Hill, Gillian Wise, I.C.A., February–March 1963 (7).
In this work, one of a series of constructions begun in 1960, the artist has planned the elements of the construction in accordance with the precise dictates of a mathematical formula, using a module as the basic determining unit of proportion. The artist has used modern industrial materials such as plastic and mass-produced aluminium angle sections to enable him to obtain greater precision of design and to demonstrate that these materials can be combined to form aesthetically satisfying works of art.
The artist has suggested that his constructions can best be described in mathematical terminology, thus ‘the theme involves a module, partition and a progression’ which ‘accounts for the disposition of the five white areas and permuted positioning of the groups of angle sections’. (Letter of 24 March 1963.)
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I