“Grid/Off the Grid” Exhibition

Westbeth Gallery

poster for “Grid/Off the Grid” Exhibition

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“Grid/Off the Grid” features Violet Baxter, Bill Kennon, Simon Carr, Valerie Mendelson, Robert Feinland, Robert Ludwig, Francis Cunningham and Peter Colquhoun who is also the curator in an exhibition that explores various uses of the grid, specifically demonstrating its application to urban and rural landscape painting, how it is incorporated, with examples of when it becomes a primary element in various contexts.

The grid has played an important role in the construction of compositions for a very long time. When it comes to much subject matter, such as urban landscape, it is nearly unavoidable. We see it in the architecture, in the plan of our streets and even in such temporary structures as scaffolding. On the other hand, rural landscape compositions often contain little of the grid. Grids can be uniform as well as symmetrical in their structure with evenly spaced and perpendicularly placed lines such as in the standard tic-tac-toe or they can be very irregular in their configuration.

Yet, even with these distinctions, the grid is not always so neatly applied to our urban environment. Nor can it be said to never be applicable to the landscape we view outside of the city. It is, for the artist who makes use of it, just another way of trying to make sense of the massive amounts of visual information to be taken in—in any given place. And it may make as much sense in certain instances to abandon the grid entirely. Conceiving of closed and open spaces are often influenced by how present or absent a grid structure is. Finally, for some, the grid, with all its variations has become in itself a subject worthy of exclusive focus.



from March 26, 2011 to April 17, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-03-26 from 17:00 to 20:00

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