Daniel Steegmann Mangrané
Systemic Grid 124 (Window)
Security glass, ornamental glass, mounts, concrete and wood pedestal, glass panel
261 x 126 x 1,5 cm (102 3/4 x 49 5/8 x 3/8 in) (glass panel)
40 x 40 x 40 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in) (concrete base)
278,2 x 126 x 40 cm (109 1/2 x 49 5/8 x 15 3/4 in) approx. (overall)
This work from Steegmann Mangrane's series of Systemic Grids consists of a glass panel constructed of sections of clear and of slightly distorted glass that are affixed to an underlying sheet of security glass to create a geometric pattern. As distorting looking-glass, the work creates a formal filter, blurring sections of the environment and superimposing a fragmenting grid. At the same time, the uneven sections of glass draw attention to the material’s properties: it has changing consistency and thickness.
The geometric pattern used as grid (in which some sections are clear, others filled with slightly distorting glass) is created using a self-imposed rule—by pivoting, turning, and mirroring a simple geometric shape. The pane of glass is secured by a concrete base, recalling the iconic museum architecture designed by the modernist Lina Bo Bardi for the Museum of Art of Sao Paulo in 1957.