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 end of January 2022 at the Royal Academy in Stockholm. The project has been made possible through a research grant from the Swedish Research Council and is administered by Malmö Art Academy.
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?