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"One can basically use the line to express anything. It accompanies us from birth to death, and beyond our bodily existence. It reveals itself in the linear course of time, or action, of movement. Thus I also see the process in my sculpture as the linear transitional situation of my life within a particular course of time. For as long as I occupy myself with sculpture, it will be my line, which I write into space. It has to do with drawing, with depicting, with paraphrasing, with guiding, with experiencing; it is determined by my own existence." Robert Schad quoted by Bettina Ruhrberg in Robert Schad: Through the Line.
Published by Kerber. Text by Roland Scotti, Gerlinde Brandenburg-Eisele, Bettina Ruhrberg, Clemens Ottnad.
Using solid square-bar steel, German sculptor Robert Schad (born 1953) creates drawings of movement in space. Rather than bend or shape the material, Schad welds together straight limb-like sections of varying lengths and strengths, imparting a paradoxical weightlessness to the works. Recalling human gestures such as sweeps and arches, these remarkable sculptures seem perpetually on the verge of dancing.