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Collection Online as of July 12, 2024

Rotation Series: Segment: #CM

Rotation Series: Segment: #CM

c. 1971
(American, b. 1940)
Unframed: 284.4 x 442 cm (111 15/16 x 174 in.)
© John Pearson
Location: not on view


As opposed to allowing improvisation or traditional artistic techniques guide him, Pearson arrived at this composition by following rules he defined for himself. First, he limited his chromatic span and matched each color to a specific diagonal axis--as seen in the bottom strip of the canvas. Then he accumulated colored lines within discrete rectangles following a mathematical progression--for example, 12+11, 12+11+10, 12+11+10+9--and so on. The outcome remained unknown until he completed the painting. Pearson’s method is equal interplay between the artist’s aesthetic intervention and impersonal investigation. The linear formations and the application of color by silkscreening accentuates the work’s sense of control. Nevertheless, the resulting expansive field allows for unpredictable color formations.
  • John Pearson Entry Card to 1972 May Show. Cleveland Museum of Art May Show Records, Cleveland Museum of Art Archives.
  • Year in Review: 1972. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (February 27-March 18, 1973).
    The May Show: 53rd Annual Exhibition of Works by Artists and Craftsmen of The Western Reserve. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (May 3-June 11, 1972).
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