International 2010 Archives
David Nash, Sculptures
Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents a rich and extensive exhibition of work by David Nash, tracing the evolution of the artist's forty year career and offering a vivid statement of his life's work. Sculpture, installation and drawings range across the Park and will include new monumental works for the Underground Gallery, a retrospective survey in Longside Gallery and contextual displays from the artist's archive alongside sculpture in the open air and a permanent outdoor commission.
The historic landscape of the Park is a fitting backdrop chosen by Nash, the culmination of a thirty-
Using the two sites as a research terrain and platform, The woods that see and hear exhibition aims to activate a conscious engagement with, and curiosity about, our relationship with the land and the world we occupy — as individuals, as members of a community, and as global citizens.
The Underground Gallery will feature imposing new works, including huge redwood crags and large black eucalyptus spheres, which the artist has sourced in California. The expansive Longside Gallery will present a survey of retrospective work from the artist's and international collections. The Bothy Gallery will illustrate one of the artist's most celebrated projects, Wooden Boulder, a large piece of 200 year-
Nash explores the different properties of wood as an artistic material from early tower constructions, burnt twig charcoal drawings and growing works, most famously Ash Dome, planted in 1977. Significantly, Nash began to use the unseasoned wood of whole tree trunks and limbs after rediscovering forgotten pieces of timber that had continued to change without his intervention. This method celebrates the unique attributes of his chosen material as it continues to dry, warp and crack, changing in appearance long after the artist has finished shaping it. These works convey a wealth of expression, from enormous force to exquisite delicacy, produced by Nash's unique use of chainsaw and charring as well as natural drying.
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Exhibition 29 May 2010 -
David Nash, Sculptures, 2010. Photo: Jonty Wilde