Perry Roberts/Craig Wood

Chisenhale Gallery

This was an old-style exhibition: two works, both straightforward, both site-specific. Perry Roberts’ monochromatic drawing occupied one entire wall of the gallery (approximately 70 by 15 feet). The rectangular shape of the wall was framed with a broad black band, and the enclosed white area was then divided into three equal parts by two more horizontal strips of the same width as the frame. Finally, these white bands were themselves divided into three by dropping two black strips from the ceiling to the floor. The overall effect was that the wall was overlaid by a schematic window frame.

At first glance the gridlike appearance of the white bands looks regular, but it isn’t quite. The positioning of the vertical strips is determined physically, according to the arrangement of the ceiling joists, and not mathematically by dividing the length in three. Consequently the right-hand stack of “

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