sketchbook 'arnhem eschenau' VI

catalogue number: hdv 1968.014.1a-s
date created: 1969-1971
classification: works on paper
work type: drawing series, sketchbook
medium: 19 drawings bound in sketchbook with cardboard covers and metal spiral binding
see also 'extended description'
dimensions: 24 × 32 cm (motif size 24 × 24 cm)
signature and inscriptions: titled 'arnhem eschenau' and numbered 'VI' on the cover (ink)
dedication 'geschenk aan susanne, I-VI, sept. '71 herman de vries / susanne jacob [de vries]' and number 'T925-X-1983' on the reverse of the cover (biro and pencil)
each sheet is numbered 'I-XIX' and annotated on the front (pencil)
all sheets signed and dated/work number on the reverse (pencil/biro) [except v69-27 is uninscribed]; titled only v71-09 and v71-10 '- open random structure -' (pencil)
edition:
current repository: collection Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
current repository number: DKM Gr. 1011, 6
collecting history: acquired directly from the artist
related works:
comment: the sheets numbered I (V69-21) - VII (V69-30), IX (V69-62) - XI (V69-64), XVII (V71-18) and XIX (V71-37) are also numbered 45-56 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. [v69-21] the surface is divided in 3 horizontal areas (8 cm high); within these areas 50 dots in 4 sizes are distributed at random, in the upper area only dots of the smallest and the second to the smallest size ('4' and '3'), in the second dots with size '3' and '2', in the third '2' and '1'; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
II. [v69-22] the surface is divided in 6 horizontal areas (4 cm high); within these areas 50 dots in 5 sizes are distributed at random, in the upper area only dots of the largest and the second to the largest size ('1' and '2'), in the second dots with size '2' and '3', in the third '3' and '4', etc.; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
III. [v69-26] the surface divided in 16 squares; inside each square dots in 1 out of 5 sizes are distributed at random; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
IV. [v69-27] on the intersections of a 2 × 2 cm grid dots are arranged with at random selection of size (5 sizes); black ink with graphite pencil on paper
V. [v69-28] on the intersections of a 4 × 4 cm grid 25 dots are arranged with at random selection of size (5 sizes) [program as v69-27]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
VI. [v69-29] on the intersections of a 2 × 2 cm grid dots are arranged with at random selection of size (5 sizes); on the upper 4 lines size '1' has 3 times; more chance being selected; id. next 4 lines and size '3', the bottom 4 lines and dot size '5'; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
VII. [v69-30] on the intersections of a 2 × 2 cm grid dots of the same size (randomly selected from 5 sizes) are arranged in groups of 3 × 3 intersections; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
VIII. [v69-31] from the intersections of a 2 × 2 cm grid 50 intersections were selected and dots of randomly selected size placed; on the other intersections dots of size '3' are placed; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
IX. [v69-62] lines in a 5 × 5 mm grid pattern with at random selection of colour (red and black); red and black ink with graphite pencil on paper
X. [v69-63] lines in a15 × 1 cm grid pattern with at random selection of colour (red and black); red and black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XI. [v69-64] horizontal lines (distance 1 cm) with at random selection of colour (black and red); black and red ink with graphite pencil on paper
XII. [v71-06] on the intersections of a 2 × 2 cm grid, dots are arranged with at random selection of size (4 sizes) and colour (8 colours); coloured ink with graphite pencil on paper
XIII. [v71-09] on the intersections of a 3 × 3 cm grid, dots are arranged with at random selection of place and size (in 5 sizes) but omitted on half of the intersections; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XIV. [v71-10] on the intersections of a 3 × 3 cm grid, dots are arranged with at random selection of place and size (in 5 sizes) but omitted on half of the intersections [program as v71-09]; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XV. [v71-14] on the intersections of a 2 × 2 cm grid dots (in 5 sizes) are arranged with at random selection of size; in 5 columns of two elements width dots are divided with different random procedures for each column [partly empty intersections]; black ink and graphite pencil on paper
XVI. [v71-15] 200 randomly selected points on the sides are connected by lines; graphite pencil on paper
XVII. [v71-18] dots with randomly selected size (5 sizes) arranged on the intersections of a 2 × 2 cm grid with diminishing density from left to right; black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XVIII. [v71-36] inside a randomly selected number of circles (1-10) and randomly selected radius of the circles (2-10 cm) dots of one size are placed (also randomly selected from 5 sizes); outside the circles dots are randomly selected; in black ink with graphite pencil on paper
XIX. [v71-37] inside a randomly selected number of circles (3-10) and randomly selected radius (2-10 cm) dots of one size are placed (also randomly selected from 5 sizes); within the overlapping sections dots are selected from two sizes; no dots outside the circles; in 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. 45-56.