Saturday, 8 November 2014

Chance and Order at Eagle Gallery

Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin, Jeffrey Steele

20 November - 19 December 2014
"The show takes its title from a small Kenneth Martin drawing from 1983: Chance, Order, Change, Time Sequence – a work that illustrates how an adherence to a pre-conceived system can give rise to a free-flowing image of great visual beauty.
As a younger generation currently re-discovers the languages of Concrete and Systems art from across the globe, the exhibition draws together British artists of different generations, to reveal a less prominent, but equally eloquent vein in constructivist philosophies and practice.

The exhibition spans over 50 years, from 1960s' monochrome studies on paper by Jeffrey Steele (b. 1931) and drawings by Kenneth Martin (1905–1984) and Mary Martin (1907–1969). Natalie Dower (b. 1931) – a friend and associate of many of the British Systems artists - continues to base her work on the mathematical precepts that underpinned the approach of Systems painters in the 1950s and ‘60s. Her work is distinguished by an exuberant use of colour, texture and materials, and we are delighted to be showing two very recent paintings: Root Two Spirals and II 2014."

Andrew Bick OGVDS (straightened) V5, 2014

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