Rectangle with holes No. 2
Formed of a thin asymmetric rectangular sheet of steel, this screen is pierced with rows of small holes that suggest another loose rectangle. Mounted on a stand and designed to be seen from both sides, it relates to a series of freestanding screens that the sculptor Robert Adams began making in the early 1960s.
Adams wanted his screens from this series to be displayed against a well-lit plain white background, so that the light would reflect through the perforated steel. In this work, a lively tension is created between the metal sheet of the screen and the dancing light, shining through the irregular rows of holes. These elements have been carefully arranged to create a sense of harmony and controlled movement.
Lisa Newby, August 2022
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.