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PATTERSON PERIODIC TABLES

Simon Patterson

Rhodes Reason 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.  (Litograph on paper).

About the Artist

Works by Patterson on the periodic table include “24 hours” (right) ‘I Quattro Formaggi II’, 1992, wall-mounted tiles, 310 x 415 cm, a lithographs ‘Untitled’ (1996), book ‘Rex Reason’ (1994) etc

PATTERSON PERIODIC TABLES Rhodes Reason
PATTERSON PERIODIC TABLES Untitled 1995
PATTERSON PERIODIC TABLES Untitled 24 hours
PATTERSON PERIODIC TABLES 24 hours_ 16 hours 1995