Kenneth Martin
Chance, Order, Change 6 (Black) 1978–9

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Kenneth Martin 1905–1984
Chance, Order, Change 6 (Black)
Date 1978–9
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 911 x 911 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display

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This painting is from an extensive series of works that developed from an earlier series also titled 'Chance and Order'. The title refers to the combination of chance events and the artist's ordering procedures that made the painting. To create the network of lines, the artist first marked a drawing with points, moving clockwise round a rectangle. Lines were then generated by taking numbers, two at a time, at random out of a bag. Martin chose eight pairs of numbers for this work. He then instigated the Change of the title by turning the drawing through 90 degrees and repeating the process. This process was repeated twice more. The drawing was then transferred to canvas.

September 2004

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