New York

Gwenn Thomas

Black + Greenberg

When seen from a distance, Gwenn Thomas’ black and white grids on stretched linen might be mistaken for geometric abstract paintings, but upon closer examination it becomes clear that these grids have been pointedly mediated along photographic lines. Squares of material (paper, packing tape, and cardboard) in black, white, and gray have been laid out in rectangular grids on an off-white ground, photographed, probably enlarged, and then printed on linen treated with photoemulsion. Thomas stretched the linen over bars and hung the pieces without framing them. The resulting pictures are ethereal and smart, sensuous and complex.

The effect of these mediated grids is quite different from that of painted grids, and also from the “original” collaged ones. By lighting the grids at an oblique angle as they are photographed, Thomas has added shadows to some lines, suggesting depth but also twilight,

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