Relief Construction (Five Regions Relief)
This constructed relief is part of a series that Anthony Hill developed between 1960 and 1962, using eight cuts to divide a grid of twenty-five squares into five ‘regions’. In this work, the five regions are set out in white plastic in the front plane of the relief. The regions are divided by pathways, marked out in a rear plane of black plastic, in widths that relate to the aluminium angle sections embedded in the relief. The carefully balanced relationships between the elements and surfaces of the relief change according to the light and the angle from which the work is viewed.
Hill used mathematical formulas to determine different ways of mapping the five regions, the pathways between them and the distribution of aluminium angle sections in this series of works.  He was keen to demonstrate the variety that could be achieved within these self-imposed rules, which he hoped would encourage a more precise aesthetic engagement.
Relief Construction (Five Regions Relief) was first exhibited with four other reliefs from the five regions series in Anthony Hill’s joint exhibition with Gillian Wise at the ICA in London in 1963. Hill’s statement for the exhibition catalogue summarises his key concerns at the time: ‘My present interests are in developing an autonomous art expression where the work will function and operate with light, space and movement.’ 
Michael Morris acquired this work from Anthony Hill in 1963.
Lisa Newby, February 2021.
 This is outlined in detail in Anthony Hill, ‘The Structural Syndrome in Constructive Art’, inModule, Symmetry, Proportion, ed. by György Kepes (London: Studio Vista, 1966) pp.171-3.
 Anthony Hill and Gillian Wise, Reliefs/Structures, exh. cat. (London: ICA, 1963), unpaginated. The Sainsbury Centre collection includes two of the works Hill exhibited, see 31193.
Anthony Hill and Gillian Wise: Reliefs/Structures, ICA, London, 1963
'Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951', Sainsbury Centre, UK, 02/10/2021 - 17/07/2022
'Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951', Djanogly Art Gallery, UK, 07/03/2023 - 23/07/2023
Anthony Hill, ‘The Structural Syndrome in Constructive Art’, in Module, Symmetry, Proportion, ed. by György Kepes (London: Studio Vista, 1966) pp.171-3.
Tania Moore and Calvin Winner (eds.), Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951 (Norwich: Sainsbury Centre, 2021), p.27.
In October 1984, the University of East Anglia accepted a planned bequest from Joyce and Michael Morris (UEA Alumni). Michael died in 2009 and Joyce in December 2014 when the couple's wishes were implemented.
Not on display
Title/Description: Relief Construction (Five Regions Relief)
Artist/Maker: Anthony Hill
Born: 1960 - 1962
Object Type: Relief
Accession Number: 31541
Historic Period: 20th century
Credit Line: Bequeathed by Joyce and Michael Morris, 2014