American abstract painter Ron Fortier investigates the endless possibilities of the grid. The grid can be seen as form which acts as the structural backdrop of our constructed world.

Nineteenth-century art critic Gottfried Semper praised the grid-like qualities of textiles and tapestries. He considered them the foundation of all architecture.

In keeping with Semper’s thesis, the grids of Fortiers abstract paintings can appear to be textiles, tapestries, or brick walls. However, on closer inspection they are showing the continuity of form across many linear systems of organization.

Fortier creates the lines between each quadrant either by adding or removing paint. Playing with negative space to create the illusion of depth.


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