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Martin Nelson • Kingston Art Group

Martin Nelson


For the past 10 years, I’ve been working with the idea that art might be found within coded number systems, especially where an ordered and progressive mathematical repetition is dominant, I Ching, Fibonacci, Morse, to mention a few, but in particular Binary Code. After much research into exactly what Binary Code is, I began to formulate a structure that opened up a whole new approach into my art practice. This structure like nature is organic; indeed, nature exerts a continual influence over my work. Even severely abstract constructions draw upon theories of growth for their forms. And, in turn, I have been able to draw upon these theories through my knowledge of geometry as a constructive aid by which my ideas acquire visible form. This visible form may manifest itself through the mediums of printmaking and sculpture, for I do believe there are predestined elements to all things. However, I deliberately do not use figure or ground, and I never allow social or political agendas to influence my work. Maurice Ravel once quoted “music needs playing, not interpreting” and that’s how I see my work as an ongoing, open-ended enquiry, and I leave the theorising to others.