8. Peter Struycken
Wetmatige beweging (Mathematical Movement) (1966)
Celluloid on perspex, 178.2 x 149.7 cm
– Private collection, the Netherlands, 1966
– Private collection, the Netherlands, 2010
– Private collection, the Netherlands
Including a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.
This work is a variation on the ‘Wetmatige Beweging’ dating from 1965, which is part of the collection of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (inv.no. 25884).
While other artists mainly stuck to expressing their emotions and giving their own personal interpretation of reality, Peter Struycken went in search of fixed structures and the laws of shape and colour (combinations). Everything needed to be logical, controllable, and consistent. Between 1963 and 1967, Struycken almost exclusively made abstract artworks titled ‘Wetmatige Beweging’ (Mathematical Movement), of which this work on offer is an example. With these artworks, he gets rid of every visible reality in his search for order which is determined by an underlying structure of ‘laws’. Based on a series of numbers, he lets the shape, in this case a square, and colour, change step by step. The final image is a representation of the movement of this change.
The ‘mathematical movement’ in this work on offer begins with the small square visible just below the centre of the artwork. In five steps, the square transforms into the narrow wyber shape, overlapping the small square. The changes are all consistent and step-by-step.
By organising and giving structure to concepts such as shape and colour, Struycken stimulates the visual experience. According to Struycken, lawful, mathematical organisation is needed to be able to consciously perceive an image.
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