The Mainless Grid

Juan Geuer

BIRTH YEAR 1917
BIRTH PLACE Soest, Holland
DEATH YEAR 2009
DEATH PLACE Almonte, Ontario
MEDIUM Scribing on white mylar enclosed in two pieces of plexiglass
DATE 1976
DIMENSIONS 94cm x 72.4cm x 1.9cm
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.04.38
CREDIT LINE Collection of the Ottawa Art Gallery: gift of Else Geuer-Vermeij, 2013.
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
A trapezoid spherical grid of 80 quadrants is drawn by hand on a white Mylar. The lines gradually free hand drawn towards the center of the grid. The paper is mounted between two sheets of Plexiglas. The lines appear straight, except at intersection points towards the center are minute twists and irregularities. This is one of Geuer’s early geophysical grid maps, where the finely scribed lines are barely visible on the white Mylar unless held up to light. The grid reveals an underlying truth or reality represented by a scientific process, appropriating the basic gridlines of longitude and latitude, and abstracting them to investigate of our sense of place.

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