1966/18 random objectivation

catalogue number: hdv 1966.06.
date created: 1966
classification: sculpture
medium: relief with wooden elements on chipboard, white acrylic paint
wooden blocks of different sizes, 7 of each size, distrusted at random over surface
dimensions: 78.5 × 71 × 5 cm
signature and inscriptions: [titled, signed and dated on the reverse (felt pen)] 1966/18 // herman de vries // "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
published references
exhibition catalogue Nederlandse beeldhouwkunst '64 - '69 (Centraal Museum : Utrecht 1969) image repr. on page 303.