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David Nash

Underground Gallery, Bothy Gallery, Longside Gallery, Garden Gallery and Open Air
Past
29 May 2010–27 Feb 2011

‘ YSP’s impressive retrospective shows how much he has been nourished by what he calls the profound wisdom in wood, stretching over millennia’

Richard Cork, Financial Times

In 2010 YSP presented a rich and extensive exhibition of work by David Nash, tracing the evolution of the artist's 40-year career and offering a vivid statement of his life's work.

Over 200 sculptures, installations and drawings could be seen across the Park, including new monumental works for the Underground Gallery, a retrospective survey in Longside Gallery and contextualising displays from the artist's archive alongside sculpture in the open air and a permanent outdoor commission.

The historic landscape of the Park was a fitting backdrop chosen by Nash, the culmination of a 30-year relationship with YSP, for this unique survey. At the time it was the largest exhibition to date by an internationally acclaimed artist who has developed an eloquent understanding of trees, working with their traits to create sculpture, installation, projects and related drawings.

The Underground Gallery featured imposing new works, including the monumental Oculus Block which the artist sourced in California. The expansive Longside Gallery comprised a survey of retrospective work from the artist's and international collections. The Bothy Gallery illustrated one of the artist's most celebrated projects, Wooden Boulder, a large piece of 200-year-old oak released into a stream in the Welsh mountains in 1978, whose journey was documented through drawing, film and photography. The Garden Gallery displayed drawings, photographs and artefacts from Nash’s early career and traces the development of his practice. Seventy-One Steps is a site-specific outdoor commission of 71 huge charred oak steps on the walking route along Oxley Bank, embedded in 30 tonnes of coal which can still be experienced today.

‘A new exhibition by David Nash, artist and tree surgeon, sees Yorkshire Sculpture Park morph into a forest of magical forms ’

The Guardian

Nash explores the different properties of wood and trees as 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.

‘A spellbinding 40-year career retrospective of the sculptor who works in wood’

The Arts Desk

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