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P11010 [from] PHOENIX 1980 [P11010-P11015; complete]
All inscribed ‘Ian Stephenson 1980’ bottom left and ‘Phoenix’ and numbered ‘53’, ‘143’, ‘233’, ‘323’, ‘413’, and ‘503’ respectively
Six screenprints with collage, printed by Megara Screenprinting and published by Editions Alecto for the Contemporary Art Society in an edition of 90 sets of six, each 22×28 1/8 (56×71.3)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1981
Each of the total of 540 ‘Phoenix’ prints is unique but they were put together in sets of six. The basic image has an additional rectangle (about one seventh the size of the whole) collaged on. There is a drawing showing the nine sequences of regulated shifts of angle through which the collaged rectangle was moved. These sequences were determined by the movement of the rectangle around the edge of the image area, starting at the top left corner. From a position against the edge it tilts on one fixed corner until another corner or side hits the edge again; then it tilts away from a new fixed corner. The movement is thus like a regulated tumbling around the inside edge of the image area. The completed sequence (through nine fixed points) ends with the rectangle back in its starting position. The prints were numbered from 1 to 540 from start to finish of the sequence and the sets of six were made up by taking one from each run of ninety figures, i.e. the first set would have been numbers 1, 91, 181, 271, 361 and 451 and the last numbers 90, 180, 270, 360, 450 and 540.
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984