Talk & Book Signing: Bastienne Schmidt, Grids and Threads
Join artist Bastienne Schmidt in conversation with Parrish Director Terrie Sultan about her new monograph, Grids and Threads, followed by a book signing.
Grids and Threads is a minimalist meditation on the concept of white space and its perception. The book is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Three Standard Stoppages in which three imaginary measuring devices underline the arbitrariness to qualify and quantify something. With an introduction written by Parrish Art Museum director Terrie Sultan and arts writer Jacoba Urist, this monograph documents the latest project by award-winning artist and photographer Bastienne Schmidt. Part one features bird’s-eye photographs of constructed installations of colorful fabric and thread in snow. The second part consists of mixed media works on Arches paper, where punched grid of 8 x 8 inches is divided into one square inch spaces, which draw light and shadow onto the white paper. The idea of creating a series of never-ending variation of white squares in a reductive process is related to the artistic search of Agnes Marin and Robert Ryman. The square grid in white is a quiet reflection on the concept of a minimal space; the variations, of what happens inside of the squares, play with the thought of absolute freedom and absolute constraint.