De ‘Heerlense Verfindustrie Jac. Eyck’ bracht in 1974 een kunstenaarsboek uit van Peter Struycken: Splons/Splash 1972/1974 bestaande uit een Leporello (28 bladen met kleurillustraties) en een tekstboek (met een inleiding van Carel Blotkamp) in een schuifhoes.
Peter Struycken recovered the rigorous tradition of the art movement de Stijl and consciously disregarded even abstract forms by focusing exclusively on pure color. In his own words: "Form is an easier conceptual representation and repetition than color. Form can almost always be associated with a form that is already known. How easy it is to connect abstract forms to reality: this is just like a cloud, that like a snake, these like flowers. Form is then regarded as something in itself, where recognition is as important as seeing as such" (Structuur-Elementen 1969-1980, catalog. Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1980).
To discourage even the faintest notion of content, he reduced the image in "Plons" (Dutch for Splash) to simple squares forming a coordinate system. The computer calculated propagation of color energy emanating from an arbitrary point of initial impact. The changes of color distribution were presented in numerical codes, which the artist translated into actual color paintings by hand.
This article is composed of extracts taken from publications documenting the artist's work: Peter Struycken Splash 1972/1974