Since the early twentieth century, the grid has been a signifier of the modern in art. While our lives have been increasingly dominated by a multitude of visual information, the grid represents calm and order. Although the options seem limited, artists have been experimenting with the structure of lines for generations. This Curator’s Selection for September - November, 2022 proves the grid is far from being a static element.
Each painted line in Vicky Christou's sculptural paintings is extruded in one exhale, making the labour-intensive process just as important as the result. Chris Shepherd finds order in the ever-changing world around us and photographs various grid-like structures that he encounters. The works of both Bratsa Bonifacho and Tom Burrows are a clear example of the modernist ambition to be more rational and abstract, an ambition beautifully represented by the grid.