Kenneth Martin is widely regarded as one of the fathers of British constructivist art. He worked with abstraction and inventing and manipulating basic structural elements. However, towards the end of his life, he did a series of paintings and paper works called the “chance and order series”. This involved using a grid and numbering its points of intersection so that he could randomly generate numbers- pulling them out of a hat. Each pair of numbers represents a line on the grid, creating a seemingly endless succession of combinations. The combination of randomness and rules left the artist free to invent in an exact sense.
“You can only develop order but not chance; you can only use the chance again”
I intended on experimenting in the style of Kenneth Martin’s Chance and Order Series. Below shows a collection of his work.