Gallery Hyundai is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the American sculptor Fred Sandback (1843-2003). The title Fred Sandback: Obangsaek commemorates the first collaborated exhibition by Gallery Hyundai and Fred Sandback Estate and celebrates the rendezvous among Gallery Hyundai, Fred Sandback, and the Korean audience. The exhibition presents Sandback’s yarn and elastic cord sculptures, drawings, and prints in ‘obangsaek' (colors of blue, red, yellow, white, and black) including a number of important pieces debuting for the first time at the gallery.
In the 1st floor, the artist’s early ‘Corner’ pieces and works that allow the visitors to experience ‘pedestrian space’—a term coined by the artist—are presented. The 2nd floor presents Sandback’s sculptural exploration by introducing works that: actively engage the visitors in the three-dimensional experience; suggests a unique visual illusion by delicate variations of the same color and shape; actively utilize the overall gallery space without overpowering or intervening the existing order. On the basement are the amusing and intuitive ‘Pick-up Stick’ series from the 1990s.
Fred Sandback is a representative Post-War American sculptor. As if he were drawing on a white canvas, the artist constructed yarn sculptures, creating complex, three-dimensional spatial situations by installing horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines of colors. He constructed outlined polygon sculptures with materials such as wire, elastic cord, rope, and his later works made of acrylic yarns gradually transformed into abstract and architectural sculptures that seemingly expands into the infinite space. Sandback’s sculpture without opaque mass and volume, creates its own ‘space’ within the existing environment. In addition, unlike its minimal formal elements, his sculpture provides complex experiences by defining the spatial boundaries in a variable manner. Sandback’s philosophic emphasis on the relationship between art and space and space and time has significantly influenced his contemporaries.
Fred Sandback has held solo exhibitions at major museums such as Museum of Fine Arts, Houston(1989); Magasin III(1991); Dia:Beacon(1996); Chinati Foundation(2001), Whitechapel Gallery(2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver(2011) and more. His works are in major collections of Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art, New York, British Museum, Centre Pompidou, Whitney Museum of American Art, Dia:Beacon, and other seminal art institutions.