random objectivation

catalogue number: 1965.03.
executed: 1965
classification: sculpture
object/work type: relief
technique/material: wooden elements on chipboard, white acrylic paint
random objectification with decreasing density of the elements from inside to outside 6-22 dec 1965 d.w. van krevelen, arnhem
dimensions: 78.8 × 71.3 cm
signature and inscriptions: [on the reverse (felt pen)] toevals objectivering [and the description of the program] / herman de vries / 16-22 december 1965 / → d.w. van krevelen, arnhem
current location: private collection, the Netherlands
collecting history: acquired through Galerie Wit, Wageningen (2015)
collection D.W. van Krevelen, Arnhem (February 11, 1966)
related works:
comment: in 1965, the chemist Prof. D.W. van Krevelen (Director of Research at DSM and AKZO) asked herman de vries to design and make seven 'random objectivations', for installation in a box ceiling in the living room of his villa in Arnhem. The seven works commissioned by Van Krevelen illustrate the visual richness, of the theoretically infinite number of possibilities, resulting from this approach. The first relief dates from December 1965, before de vries began numbering his work. The remaining six reliefs are dated and numbered according to the year (1966) and a serial number.
photo/scan: courtesy Nico van Breemen/Galerie Wit, Wageningen
rights & reproduction: herman de vries