sketchbook V - ruwen hennip - 'de dood'

catalogue number: hdv 1968.014.5a-v
date created: 1968
classification: works on paper
work type: sketchbook
medium: 21 drawings with at random selection of starting points, size, colour, etc., rub-off letters, black ink and coloured pencil on paper and bound in sketchbook with cardboard covers and metal spiral binding
see also 'extended description'
dimensions: 24 × 32 cm (motif size 24 × 24 cm) [v68-178a and b 24 × 30 cm]
signature and inscriptions:
titled 'IV 'de dood' - ruwen hennip -' on the cover (black and red ink)
dedication 'geschenk aan susanne, I-VI, sept. '71 herman de vries'/ 'susanne jacob [de vries]' and number 'T924-X-1983' on the reverse of the cover (biro and pencil)
each sheet numbered 'I -XXI' and mostly annotated on the front (pencil)
all drawings titled 'a.r.', signed and dated/work number on the reverse (pencil), except V68-178a-b (not titled nor signed) and sheet number XXI is uninscribed
edition:
current repository: collection Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
current repository number: DKM Gr. 1011, 5
collecting history: acquired directly from the artist
related works:
comment: the sheets numbered IV (V68-181) and VII (V68-184) - XVI (V68-193) are also numbered 35-44 in circles on the front; the number refers to the page in the anthology random objectivations (1972)
photo/scan: courtesy Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
rights & reproduction: herman de vries/Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
extended description
I. [v68-178a] circles and text in rub-off letters ('die forderung der möglichkeit der einfachen zeichen ist die forderung der bestimmtheit des sinnes' [source: L. Wittgenstein, Tractatus logico-philosophicus 3.23.); the letters are translated to circles; black ink, rub-off letters with graphite pencil on paper
II. [v68-178b] circles; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
III. [v68-180] based on the same points as v68-177 but here connected from the left bottom corner; this is achieved by shifting an imaginary line between the axes and connect the first next point inside the field (if there is more than one point, first the closest point) [one mistake: the point in the right bottom corner (note herman de vries)]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
IV. [v68-181] two squares (selected from a range 1-24 → 1 × 1 and 4 × 4 cm) arranged with at random selected place and size; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
V. [v68-182] two squares (selected from a range 1-24 → 3 × 3 and 5 × 5 cm) arranged with at random selected place and size [program as v68-181]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
VI. [v68-183] two squares (selected from a range 1-24 → 4 × 4 and 8 × 8 cm) arranged with at random selected place and size [program as v68-181]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
VII. [v68-184] two rectangles (selected from a range 1-24) arranged with at random place and size [program as v68-181]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
VIII. [v68-185] two rectangles (selected from a range 1-24) arranged with at random place and size [program as v68-184]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
IX. [v68-186] two rectangles (selected from a range 1-24) arranged with at random place and size [program as v68-184]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
X. [v68-187] based on the same points as v68-177 but here connected from the left bottom corner; this is achieved by shifting an imaginary line between the axes and connect the first next point within the field (if there is more than one point, first the closest point) [program as v68-180 but without mistake] ; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XI. [v68-188] based on the same points as v68-177 but here connected from the top left corner; this is achieved by shifting an imaginary line between the axes and connect the first next point within the field (if there is more than one point, first the closest point) [program as v68-187 but starting from the top left corner]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XII. [v68-189] based on the same points as v68-177 but here connected from the left side; this is achieved by shifting an imaginary line between the axes and connect the first next point within the field (if there is more than one point, first the closest point) [program as v68-187 but starting from the left side]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XIII. [v68-190] based on the same points as v68-177 but here connected from the bottom side; this is achieved by shifting an imaginary line between the axes and connect the first next point within the field (if there is more than one point, first the closest point) [program as v68-187 but starting from the bottom side]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XIV. [v68-191] 15 lines connecting randomly selected points on randomly selected sides; the resulting fields adjacent to the sides are shaded; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XV. [v68-192] 15 lines connecting randomly selected points on randomly selected sides; the resulting fields not adjacent to the sides are shaded [program as v68-191 but different shading]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XVI. [v68-193] squares are drawn in horizontal direction with randomly selected size (1-23 → 1-14); the open spaces on the sides are filled in with small squares; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XVII. [v68-194] 3 areas (A-C) are made in vertical direction (A = 10 cm, C = 4 cm and C = 4 cm); A is at random red + brown, C is light and dark green and the length of the lines (at a distance of 0.5 cm to each other) at random 5-10 cm, B is in 9 colours and the length of the line is 4 cm; in horizontal direction more or less the same with different length and colours; coloured ink with graphite pencil on paper
XVIII. [v68-195] squares with randomly selected size (1-22 cm) starting from the left bottom corner; the next square is arranged on an at random selected place and side; the work is finished when an other side is reached; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XIX. [v68-196] squares with randomly selected size (1-22 cm) starting from the left bottom corner; the next square is arranged on an at random selected place and side; the work is finished when an other side is reached [program as v68-195]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XX. [v68-197] squares with randomly selected size (1-22 cm) starting from the left bottom corner; the next square is arranged on an at random selected place and side; the work is finished when an other side is reached [program as v68-195]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XXI. [no work number] squares with randomly selected size (1-22 cm) starting from the left bottom corner; the next square is arranged on an at random selected place and side; the work is finished when an other side is reached [program as v68-195]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
published references
anthology herman de vries, random objectivations. collection autori, 1 (edizioni amodulo : villanuova sul clisi 1972) image repr. on fol. 35-44.