Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance, after Ellsworth Kelly

2021
The colors from Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance by Ellsworth Kelly, but in a different random order

I am a huge fan of the works by Ellsworth Kelly. In 1951 he made 2 versions of a collage piece “Spectrum Colors Arranged by Chance” which is in the collection of the MOMA. Here they are in the collection of the MOMA:

The piece by Kelly may have been made randomly, but it is an iconic and definitive piece. Because he was using pieces of paper (each 1″ x 1″) pasted on a larger paper, once he was done this was THE piece, in THE random order, no other order possible any more.

I wondered what it would look like if the order had been a different random?

So I wrote a processing program which reads the color values from the original Kelly piece at the MOMA, and then reshuffles the colors randomly and redraws them.

Well, first I had the program redraw the Kelly piece in exactly the same order as the original:

EK org
EK org

And then I made a 1000 other versions. I have included 8 random ones here below:

EK 72
EK 72
EK 241
EK 241
EK 281
EK 281
EK 361
EK 361
EK 689
EK 689
EK 765
EK 765
EK 930
EK 930
EK 958
EK 958

I decided to mint some of these as NFTs on OpenSea.

This work belongs in: Kelly, NFT, Work