New Haven, Yale Centre for British Art, Kenneth Martin, 18th April - 17th June 1979, cat. no.70, illustrated p.87.
This long and important series of works has its origin in a series of studies which Martin began in 1969. Using a square grid with equal numbers along each axis, the corresponding numbers were written on slips of paper and were then picked at random in pairs, giving the start and finish co-ordinates of each line, chance thus determining the length and orientation of each line. The paintings thus become a combination of chance and the hand of the artist in the execution of that process, the visually pleasing results taking on a third, independent, character. In Chance & Order 22 (Black) this painterly sense is very evident, both in the finished forms, but also where on closer inspection it is possible to see the changes that the artist has introduced in the evolution of the image, these 'ghosts' of previous forms beneath the white surface adding both a textural richness and a sense of considered construction.
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