What Does the Grid Do? a research project by Matts Leiderstam

From Matts Leiderstam’s studio in Stockholm:

‘What Does the Grid Do?’ is a research project that Matts Leiderstam began in 2019 and will be presented in the fall of 2021. The project has been made possible through a research grant from the Swedish Research Council and is administered by Malmö Art Academy.

Matts Leiderstam
Studio view March 2020

The aim of this project is to focus on ways of seeing in relation to contemporary painting practices, and to trace what it is that remains of artistic knowledge connected to the concept of the grid which is so rooted in Western art history. Whether it is the recent return to abstract painting, historically associated with the grid. Or the amplification of the use of the grid in the context of a quantum shift in our time of planetary- scale computing, in a culture dominated by the mediations of the screen? How might the grid frame what it is that we inherit?

Matts Leiderstam
Studio view March 2020

Click here to learn more about the artist and his experiences and desires related to (classical) painting. For example his work series Panels from the exhibition Panels 18.01.17-21.01.18.
Order the catalogue Panels with a text by Maria Lind through the gallery (office@wilfriedlentz.com) for 18 EUR.  Click here to download Maria Lind’s text: What do Matts Leiderstam’s Panels do?

A copy of Albecht Dürer’s etching of the use of a grid as a tool in drawing and painting from 1525, hanging in the artiststudio.