Andre Carl Zinc magnesium plain

Andre Carl Zinc magnesium plain

Carl Andre b Quincy. MA. 1935
Zinc Magnesium Plain 1969. Zinc and magnesium. Baltimore Museum of Art. Baltimore. MD

Andre Carl Zinc magnesium plain

Thirty-six industrially produced square plates of pure magnesium and /me have been alternately placed Hat on the floor.

Contrary to the traditional concept of sculpture, these separate parts arc not bound together in any way; each can be picked up and interchanged with another. Nor are they built up to create a vertical structure; they simply sit on the ground. They do not stand upright in space like traditional sculpture; they are not crying out to be seen, but merge with the floor to be trodden on and walked over. Originally influenced by the work of Frank Stella and Constantin Brancusi, from i960 to 1964 Andre worked on the Pennsylvania Railway which involved using standardized, interchangeable units. From the mid-1960s he assembled groups of bricks, styrofoam planks and cement blocks, extending them honzontally on the floor. The configurations of these identical shapes are determined by simple mathematical principles.