Carl Andre - Carbon Copper Triads (2005)
"I can only make my sculpture when I have the materials in my hands at the exhibition site. Far from having an idea what I am going to do, I must purge my mind of everything except the desire to do the work. The materials & the space & my life experiences determine the outcome. I have used graphite bricks & cubes because I had previously ordered them through the Sadie Coles Gallery in London for use there. The copper squares come from the Tschudi Gallery in Glarus where I have accumulated a supply of materials. The chevron ‘Triad’ array derives from the diagonal pattering of the Kunsthalle’s parquet floors.
For the rest I can only repeat what someone else once wrote – All art aspires to the condition of music.
The key to understanding the nature of my sculpture is knowing that I have never had a studio. In the beginning I was simply too poor to afford one. As I started to have some opportunities to show my work it became clear to me that any studio space would only be used to store my materials. Briefly, I have always worked on location, making my sculpture on site at the exhibition space.”