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The American artist Fred Sandback (1943-2003) is associated with Minimalism though his work defies such simple labelling. Distinctively, Sandback developed a way of working which dispensed with the mass and weight of materials, ultimately used acrylic yarn, sometimes multi-coloured, that stretched across architectural space. He made sculptures whose factual existence plays against the perceptual illusions they create, addressing there physical surroundings as well as the audience in what he called the ‘pedestrian space’.
“I’m interested in working in that area in which the mind can no longer hold onto things. The point at which all ideas fall apart. “The inherent mysticism resides in persisting in wanting to make something as factual as possible and having it turn out just the other way – the immediate positive engagement with the way situations always transcend our perceptions of them – the realisation that the simplest and most comfortable of perceptions are shadows.”