Fred Sandback

Untitled (one of four diagonals)

1970
In 1966 Sandback began making linear wire sculptures as a response to the work of minimal artists such as Donald Judd and Robert Morris. Subsequently using elastic cord and later still acrylic yarn, Sandback conjures with the sparest of means lines, planes and volumes. Contingent on the gallery space, this work has four possible orientations from ceiling to floor and its length can span over fifteen metres. Although Sandback came to Ottawa in 1970 to install the work, installation decisions have since been left to the curators. The artist reflected on this in 1995, saying: "Interpret you must. That is what keeps something alive."
Title
Untitled (one of four diagonals)
Date
1970
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
black elastic cord
Dimensions
182.9 cm
Nationality
American
Credit line
Purchased 1970
Accession number
16604