Kenneth Martin
Chance, Order, Change 12 (Four Colours) 1980

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Kenneth Martin 1905–1984
Chance, Order, Change 12 (Four Colours)
Date 1980
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 914 x 911 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display

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In this painting, Martin used the same procedure to generate the lines as in the 'Chance and Order' painting with black lines also in this room. He used green, red, mauve and blue, in that order. He commented, 'when I turn the drawing round I repeat the first drawing in the new orientation. After completing the drawing of all four directions I would have performed a symmetrical act. However, not only have the first lines of the original position qualified the lines following within itself, but this process has continued throughout the work, so that I get... an asymmetric design. Time takes a part in producing the final configuration. It is a history picture.'

September 2004

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