The 'Gridline' screens


The Gridline screens are two related, autonomous stained glass works executed in 1990. Gridline I is shown here together with its first collage and watercolour design, and Brian supervising the assembly of the piece at the opening of his exhibition Into and Out of Architecture at the Mayor Gallery in 1990, where both works were first exhibited; the 9-panel Gridline I, which measures 303 x 353 cm, is now in the collection of Stadtmuseum Langen. The blue portion of Gridline I is a hugely enlarged area of Brian’s 1980 screenprint Time Lag Zero – designed to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Olympus UK and, like his paintings of the same title, based on the light metering computergram in the OM2 and OM10 cameras – fired onto the glass; the same image is sampled and appears in the stained glass of Arata Isozaki's Lake Sagami Building. Each square of the grid in the design was cut by Brian by hand.

In his collaborations with architects, Brian Clarke has helped to redeem stained glass from generations of neglect. Fortified by the friendship and patronage of, inter alia, John Piper and Norman Foster, Clarke is rare among British artists in being committed to the applied as well as fine arts — above all to stained glass, of which he has come to be widely regarded as a master.” – text by Roger Berthoud, photograph of Gridline I's installation by Peter Mcdiarmid, from a 1990 article in The Independent.