1966/11 random objectivation

catalogue number: 1966.03.1
executed: 1966
classification: sculpture
object/work type: relief
technique/material: plywood on chipboard, white acrylic paint
+ - distribution at random; made jan-feb 1966 for prof. van krevelen. sign. 'random-objectification v.krevelen (11-2-'66)'
dimensions: 78.8 × 71.3 cm
signature and inscriptions: [on the reverse (felt pen)] herman de vries / 1966/11 / "toevals objectivering"
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