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"the grid is not only something we can't get out of... it runs right through us, it dominates the way we look at the world around us." - dan cameron

npr's studio 360 tackles what probably every art student has found to be one of the most liberating and constricting things they were taught.

the show investigates the origin of the grid and how it can be applied not only to 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional visual spaces, but aural spaces as well. the grid, which is often misread as limiting those who function with and within it, is discussed here not only through it's rigid lines, but also the openness of its neccesity, practicality, and instinctual relationship that we share with it.

chuck close is the show's guest.

check out the audio archive of the show: http://www.wnyc.org/studio360/show.html



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The concept of the grid brings out the mathematical side of artistic thought and creation. Math is generally believed to be a function of the left side of the brain while the arts are thought to belong to the right side. SO maybe the only people who are really creating great works (mathematical or artistically) are those who fully utilize both sides of their mind. For a more philosophical discuaaion of this topic, read Pirsig's "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance."6/2/2003 6:26:16 PM
pax
We did a design project with non-linear "grids." They were arrived at by cutting random shapes out of magazines and letting them "fall" onto the page. Then our text and graphics were aligned with the shapes and angles that the random cuttings produced (whatever text or images that were on the magazine pages become part of the grid, too). Interesting results.6/3/2003 2:46:52 PM
stargrazer
that's refreshing peter, freeing the composer of the initial binds that the grid seems to impose, by using chance- isn't that how a lot of dadaists created their work? which prof used this method?6/4/2003 8:52:56 AM
ben
Ben, sorry about the lag time -- It was in Professor Funk's 8-hour Design class, taught by a visiting designer from Chicago (an MSU grad). Her name was Jennifer and I can look up her last name if you're curious. We used the non-linear grid to produce that Dance Company poster that's in my portfolio.9/19/2003 11:55:37 AM
stargrazer
Peter, I'd be interested in seeing the results. Any chance you have that file or scan laying around?9/23/2003 11:49:52 PM
nick
I've listened to this studio 360 show twice now... with a month or two to digest it. It certainly is thought provoking.9/23/2003 11:51:07 PM
nick
Uhh...it's on one of those Zip 100s. I may have a hard copy I can scan, though.9/24/2003 1:22:30 AM
stargrazer
yeah preetty cool stuff, huh? peter, if you can wait until i get back i can put that stuff on cdrom for you @ work, or you might be able to get into kresge's lab. i think they have cd burners. 10/6/2003 5:31:44 PM
ben
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