Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures, constructions, and works on paper by American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003). This is the fifth solo exhibition of work by Fred Sandback at the gallery.
The sculptures employ acrylic yarn, often in multiple color combinations, to draw planes and shapes in space, connecting points on the gallery walls and floor. The use of color in his sculptures is not painterly, but serves instead to define linear structures. Sandback uses color as “a way of balancing the relationships that various pieces have as they coexist with each other.” There is nothing mathematical or deductive in the artist’s thinking. As Sandback explains, “there isn’t an idea which transcends the actuality of the pieces. The actuality is the idea.” This statement is a focal point in philosopher John Rajchman’s recent essay Fred Sandback’s Lines of Thought in which Rajchman discusses Sandback’s work in relation to Kantian ideas of external space. Rajchman focuses on the ability of Sandback’s constructions to transform a space that invites one to think without asserting any particular idea.