“Perceptual Screen (Schindler’s Terrace, 4800 Hollywood Blvd, L.A.) “is a layered, multidisciplinary installation by Jenni
Tischer, in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Rand Sevilla. The work’s point of departure is the gridded modernist
Schindler Terrace, built on Olive Hill’s southeastern slope by architect R.M. Schindler, with help from Richard Neutra in
1925. Now fenced off from public access and in ruinous disrepair, the terrace “once had a pergola above a children’s wading
pool on its north end, and a crescent bench with a central fountain on its south.”
Tischer has overlaid her specific material language onto Schindler’s work, revisiting the questions proposed by Terrace, especially
those pertaining to what Rosalind Krauss referred to as the grid’s ability to convey “the separation of the perceptual screen
from that of the ‘real world.’” By inverting the Terrace’s primary contexts, Tischer proceeds her challenge in diagnosing
the sociostructural allegory of the grid, examining its role in architecture and art as a modern myth.
Outdoor concrete blocks are now substituted with fabric and copper, while wood support beams are rendered as wire delineated
voids. A hanging fabric banner designed by Rand Sevilla drapes into the referenced space created by the pergola for Terrace
attendees. The banner’s imagery conjured red carpet step-and-repeat backdrops and the digital gridding of pixelization, introducing
postmillennial interrogations of public space use, private institutional intervention, and analog to digital encoding.