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Grid-08

Grid-08, as with a few of the gridz we've seen so far, uses repetition over a diagonal axis.  In this case half of the elements in the piece are duplicated and rotated 180-degrees.

The two squares found "enclosed" in the two flatter and larger outer shapes play a central role in the piece.  These squares are also surrounded by four equal arrow-like shapes--two rotated 180-degrees from the others.  Their arrow-like appearance suggests movement in a specific direction: the upper arrows move to the lower left, while the lower ones move up and to the right.  This movement is also offset by the irregular "spearhead" part of the arrows, which seems to wrap around to the left.  The flatter and larger outer shapes appear to be enclosing all of the above-mentioned shapes, which effectively give the piece a composition similar to the yin-yang sign.

The sections of the arrow shapes sticking out of the container form a v-shape that pulls inward.  Will the outer objects eventually be sucked in?

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Introducing "gridz"

Gridz are minimalist abstract art pieces with the following characteristics:

  • Use a square grid from as a drawing guide, usually 8x8 up to 20x20 grids.
  • Use black lines that start and end at grid crossings
  • Use space thoughtfully
  • Use repetition in creative ways
  • Contain familiar/thought-provoking shapes and symbols
  • Do not use suggestive titles
I created gridz sometime around November 8, which is Hermann Rorschach's birthday.  Rorschach was a psychologist that developed the famous "inkblots test" as a psychoanalysis method.  The idea of something so seemingly-simple as an inkblot provoking such deep-rooted thoughts to surface fascinated me.
 
Another concept behind gridz is Piet Mondrian’s style of abstraction (i.e. Broadway Boogie-Woogie).  Mondrian abstracted or “simplified” his compositions to the extent of reducing elements to vertical and horizontal lines and primary colors.  Similarly, gridz are highly abstracted and limited which make creating them a straight-forward and relatively simple process (like inkblots!).   Ironically, this abstraction and simplicity are what allow gridz to serve as windows to deeper and more complex ideas.  In other words, gridz speak softly and clearly so that the minds of both creators and viewers can take the spotlight.
 
Gridz share many similarities with mandalas: spiritual and ritual symbols used in Hinduism and Buddhism for meditation and trance induction.  Mandalas are generally square-shaped and use symmetry, repetition, radial balance, and many other elements that are also common in gridz.  These stylistic elements in combination with a variety of shapes can make gridz highly meditative, taking both the creator and viewer on a journey of self-discovery through association.  This process of meditation and discovery is very personal and can be completely different for the viewer from the creator.
 
Other styles of art using similar elements to gridz are:
 
Finally, due to the minimalist nature of gridz, I discourage the use of descriptive titles (hence the titles of my gridz: "Grid-XX"), as these may interfere with the viewers experience digesting the piece.  Instead, I feel a description is better suited, and usually isn't read until after the piece is looked at.
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visual, gallery, art, design, gridz