The Viewer and The Grid

Natalie Dower, Square Root 2 no 2, 2010, oil on canvas on wood, 17 x 24cm (image
Natalie Dower, Square Root 2 no 2, 2010, oil on canvas on wood, 17 x 24cm (image copyright Natalie Dower, courtesy Eagle Gallery, London)

Alan Fowler considers the grid from the viewer's perspective.

Fowler writes: "Most of the discussion about the use of the grid in abstract art has been from the position of the artist. Is a grid primarily a somewhat mechanical structuring device or can it be an integral element in the total image? Is it just a prop or can it be a form of self-imposed discipline that can generate imagery which the artist would never have created on a wholly intuitive basis?... But what of the viewer? Ultimately, the function of any work of art is surely for it to be looked at, and the aim is presumably to provide the viewer with a satisfying or stimulating visual experience. Do grids enhance or stifle this objective?"