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Rhodes Reason

rhodes-reason
Medium
Offset Lithograph
Origin / Date
1995
Edition
edition of 60, signed
Size
70 x 100 cm
Condition
Good
Description
This work presents the Periodic Table of the Elements in a new form. A colour-coding system is set up (black for solids, blue for liquids and yellow synthetics) but where we might expect to find hydrogen, helium or lithium we find Yul Brynner, William Hogarth and Maria Callas. The selected names relate to the chemical symbol for each element: both letters must appear in the chosen name, for example: Bertolt Brecht (Br, Bromine). A loose logic prevails in the choice of names; the gases, coloured red, are figures from Greek myth or history, whilst the yellow synthetic elements are given their proper names. However, Patterson disrupts this system with red herrings, mysteries and riddles that test the reader's knowledge and that expose the inherent human desire to establish order and meaning. Offset lithograph in colours, 1995, on wove paper, signed and dated in pencil, numbered from the edition of 60. Published by Gandy Gallery Edition, Prague.
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