Fred Sandback’s minimal drawings are concerned with the ambivalence of the line; a line can portray something or it can merely be the line itself, representing or presenting, generating illusions or doing away with them.
Sandback developed a way of working which dispensed with the mass and weight of materials, ultimately using acrylic yarn, sometimes multi-coloured, that stretched across architectural space.
He made sculptures whose factual existence plays against the perceptual illusions they create, addressing physical surroundings as well as the audience in what he called the ‘pedestrian space’.
This title accompanies the exhibition Fred Sandback: Drawings 1968–2000 at Annemarie Verna Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland, 2005.
English and German text.