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Diary of the Grid: Notes on Edges


Piet Mondrian:

Piet Mondrian [detail], ca. 1920

The scale of this image is about 3-6 inches across, I forgot. I don't recall the accuracy of this photograph with respect to scale, but it is very close to those dimensions, for all practical purposes.

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Piet Modrian is the earliest known human being to paint a grid such as the one pictured above. I am still working on identifying this painting (size, artist, title, year).

There is a similar painting by Mondrian, "Composition with Grid 9," 1919, which is shown in multiple magnifications here.

This closeup of "Grid 9" is an amazing example of excellent photography for painters. Click the image a few times to get the ulitmate magnification. The photography is exceptional, I must reiterate.

'Grid 9' is reportedly hanging at the Kunstmuseum at Den Haag, which is the very same city where Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and his fellow war criminals will very shortly be detained awaiting trial, if at least half this Earth has any common sense.





Piet Mondrian [detail x2], ca. 1920


Piet Mondrian [detail x3], ca. 1920




Ellsworth Kelly:

Ellsworth Kelly, Red Blue [detail], 1962

The scale of this image is maybe 3-5 inches across, I forgot.

This is also a very amazing and beautifully precise edge, also transformational in the subconscious. It has no geometric angles nor seemingly multiple layers of paint.




Julian Stanczak:

Julian Stanczak, Filtered Yellow [detail], 1968

The scale of this image is maybe 1-2 inches across, I forgot.

Stanczak was a microscopic OG of edges. Source

The 1-hour “Interview with Julian Stanczak, The Perceptive Eye” legendary video on YouTube: Instructions on how to paint, and the last five minutes are amazing.



Carmen Herrera:

Carmen Herrera, Mardi Soir [detail], 1973

These are some of my favorite edges of all time. The edges are simultaneously physical and supernatural at the same moment in time: Exactly what I am always searching for.

The scale of this image is maybe 2-4 inches across, I forgot. Perhaps this can be deduced by the dimensions posted by the following source:





Edges take all forms, shapes, and sizes. There are no perfect grids in real life and painting a perfect grid is impossible, there is uncertainty in painting the grid subject to Hiesenberg's principle. I've never struggled so much painting a painting, and everything is currently always experimental (another negative). I will not ever recommend painting a grid — I recommend having nothing to do with it.

For example, this is my next project:


Here are some results:

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