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Uecker began to make reliefs using nails in the late 1950s. The monochrome composition allows the nails to create patterns of shadow across the surface, responding to the light in the room but also seeming to change in relation to the viewer’s own position. Uecker was a member of Zero, an artists’ group that aimed to establish a new beginning in art and culture: the name relates to the last point in a countdown before a rocket is launched.

April 2009