Christian Schad
Untitled (Schadograph)
Courtesy of JGS Permanent Collection

Instead of placing a botanic specimen on light sensitive paper to arrive at a precise trace of the object, Schad produced deliberately abstract compositions by arranging scraps of paper, torn tickets, receipts and rags. He frequently cut a jagged border around the schadograph, “to free them,” as he explained, “from the convention of the square.”