Vienna

Fred Sandback

Galerie Hubert Winter

Consisting of a few pieces, or even only a single stretched wool thread, Fred Sandback’s works fundamentally redefine the perceptual coordinates of sculpture, and yet do so in a thoroughly quiet way. Traditional sculpture requires a total loss of the perceiving body, by its referential structure and embodiment of different levels of reality, or it demands the existential confrontation with a nonreferential object (as in Richard Serra’s work), involving the viewer in a linear polarity of body versus object, with the object always dominant. Sandback’s decorporealized sculptures, however, shift the focus of interest to the viewer’s experience as a process and an activity.

The two-dimensional, linear material of the wool threads, with which Sandback has been working for 20 years, allows sculpture to exist as a line (a thread), as a surface (between the threads), or as space (among several

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