In many regards ‘Grid Studies’ examines an outdated visual system of organizing and cataloging information while suggesting at the abundance of knowledge available today. In other regards the work explores the nature or essence of grids, regardless of the information it contains.
Since the text on the microfilm is too small for the audience to read, other characteristics of the media come forward. The patterns, the organization of space, the light and dark areas overlapping each other. The work is playful in that the audience knows there are words, but understand they are not meant for a traditional reading. The construction of work is also playful. We ‘weave’ our words. Here the term is taken literally as long pieces of microfilm are woven in and out of each other creating a micro-chip like image.
The work alludes to agriculture, architecture, language, textiles, and photography as well as the work of Close, Mondrian, Albers, and the writings of Rosalind Krauss.
“By virtue of the grid, the given work of art is presented as a mere fragment, a tiny piece arbitrarily cropped from an infinitely larger fabric. Thus the grid operates from the work of art outward, compelling our acknowledgement of a world beyond the frame.”
- Rosalind Krauss