Grid Bloc
2000-

 

Grid Bloc Square – Five Folds
2017
In collaboration with Jeong Hwa Min

Graph paper pad, offset print, 72 pages, printed on one side, adhesive bond, cover font design by Wolfgang Breuer

32 x 29.7 cm

Courtesy of the artists

Photo: Studio Haegue Yang

 

Grid Bloc Square – Four Folds
2016
In collaboration with Jeong Hwa Min

Graph paper pad, offset print, 96 pages, printed on one side, adhesive bond, cover font design by Wolfgang Breuer

32 x 29.7 cm

Courtesy of the artists

Photo: Studio Haegue Yang

 

Grid Bloc A3
2013
In collaboration with Jeong Hwa Min

Graph paper pad, offset print, 96 pages, printed on one side, adhesive bond, cover design by Studio Manuel Raeder

42 x 29.7 cm

Courtesy of the artists

Photo: Studio Haegue Yang

This work builds upon Haegue Yang's original Grid Bloc (2000), an earlier study showing Yang's interest in ways to resist industrial standardizations. Through her frequent use of millimeter paper for her artistic practice, Yang discovered that certain color or dimensional schemes are not included in regular graph paper production for the general stationary market. Grid Bloc contains different grid line intervals in various colors. With these new grids Yang inserts 'unindustrialized' norms into the market.

The 2013 version in size A3 escapes from the 90 degree design and reflects compositions of Yang's collage series Trustworthies, in which patterns from inside security envelopes are composed onto a graph paper background. The color, angle, form, and division of lines entertain fantasies about this graph paper's use as a background for future Trustworthies production.

 

Grid Bloc
2000

Graph paper pad, offset print, 26 pages, printed on one side, adhesive bond, cover design by Achim Reichert

29.7 x 21 cm

Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Studio Haegue Yang

The world is full of various products which are, however, often unsatisfactory. On the one hand, it is fascinating how well thought-out many things are produced in regard to economic viability. But on the other hand, this leads to very few things which can be used in other ways than what they were intended for, i.e. things allowing other uses apart from their original purpose. Furthermore, there are many exclusively designed but expensive things serving additional social ends. My grid bloc elicits different possibilities of use, thus supplementing the existing programme. Wherever a demand is presumed, it will be offered for sale.


Exhibition history

Objectology - Design and Art, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, 2014

Family of Equivocations, Museé du Strasbourg and l’Aubette, Strasbourg, France, 2013


Black Friday: Exercises in Hermetics, Galerie Kamm, Berlin, Germany, 2004

Bejahung und Verneinung (Affirmation and Negation), Kolster, Galerie für junge Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2000

Affirmation and Negation, Kolster, Galerie für junge Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, 2000


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