Andrew Bick
OGVDS (straightened) V5, 2014

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Natalie Dower
Root Two Spirals 2, 2014



Andrew Bick, Katrina Blannin, Natalie Dower,
Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin, Jeffrey Steele

20 November – 19 December 2014

Chance and Order explores contemporary interpretations of constructivism, in an exhibition that features recent paintings by Andrew Bick, Katrina Blannin and Natalie Dower, with historic works by Kenneth Martin, Mary Martin and Jeffrey Steele.

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 1960’s 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 50’s and 60’s. Her work is distinguished by an exuberant use of colour, texture and materials, and we are delighted to showing two very recent paintings: Root Two Spirals 2014.
Andrew Bick’s paintings have been described as ‘contradictory constructivist’, overtly referring to historical Constructivism and Concrete Art, whilst subverting the rigid divisions that governed approaches at the time. Katrina Blannin also, whilst adhering to a system of drawing that originates from a grid, relies on the rough open weave and texture of flax or hessian, and variation in layers of paint, to create an eloquent range of tonal variety.

Chance and Order runs in conjunction with The Elegance of Order: Natalie Dower and Harriet Mena Hill, at New Hall Exhibition Space, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, CB3 0DF Email: art@newhall.cam.ac.uk (10 November – 14 December).

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Jeffrey Steele
Series of Five studies in coloured grey 4, 1960