Carl Sydow

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1940, d.1975

Drawing 3, III

  • 1974
  • Letrafilm / letratone on paper
  • Purchased 1976
  • 606 x 860mm
  • 76/03

Carl Sydow was part of an exciting new generation of contemporary sculptors inspired by the use of non-traditional industrial materials during the 1970s. As well as sculpture, Sydow also produced an extraordinary series of drawings using the then-new printing industry standard for graphic designers, Letraset. Sydow used different Letratone patterns, which he cut out and stuck on to paper, often overlapping, to create a series of abstract optical patterns. In these drawings the pencil was replaced with a scalpel, and his unconventional use of material makes them seem more like constructions than drawings in the traditional sense.

(Die Cuts and Derivations, 11 March – 2 July 2023)

Exhibition History