Mary Martin Spiral 1963

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Artist
Mary Martin 1907–1969
Title
Spiral
Date 1963
Medium Plastic laminate and stainless steel on wood
Dimensions Object: 533 x 533 x 102 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1964
Reference
T00645
Not on display

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Mary Martin showed a number of related relief constructions in an exhibition in early 1964. The common unit to all of them was a right-angled wedge. Made from a cube of wood cut diagonally in half, the wood surfaces were covered in a thin sheet of stainless steel. They are grouped together against a background of black formica. The wedges are juxtaposed in all possible ways so as to reflect the light from different angles. The complexity of the reflections and light patterns becomes clear only as the spectator moves his or her position, or the angle of light changes.

August 2004

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