4th Floor Gallery
Pyramids rise, Spheres turn and Cubes stand still
19 May–16 July 2005
This exhibition of sculptures and drawings by David Nash was based on the theme of the Pyramid, Sphere and Cube. The properties of geometric forms have fascinated artists for centuries and Nash particularly since the beginning of his artistic career. David Nash is one of Britain’s leading sculptors and is renowned for his skilful and dynamic transformation of fallen or uprooted trees.
This stunning exhibition comprised over 15 new or recent sculptures and a large selection of complimentary drawings. The centrepiece of the show was an impressive Cube, Sphere, Pyramid sculpture almost three meters tall, which, like many of Nash’s works, has been charred, transforming the colour and texture of the wood to the intense richness of charcoal.
Alongside this work were other large-scale sculptures and some smaller more intimate interpretations of the theme including wall panels, free standing columns and a selection of beautiful shelf sculptures.
Nash is known for his interest in ecology and the environment. In 1978 he rolled a large wooden sphere into a river near his studio in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales. This action marked the beginning of a 25 year project during which Nash has documented the boulder’s movement and changing environment until it reached the sea in 2004. Included in this exhibition was Nash’s compelling video and documentation of this living project ‘Wooden Boulder’.
Nash had his first solo exhibition in 1973 and has exhibited worldwide with enormous critical and commercial success ever since including in 2004 a major one-man exhibition at the Tate Gallery St Ives. In the same year, he was awarded an OBE for services to art. He is represented in many public collections in Europe, Asia and the USA including the Tate Gallery, London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has been represented by Annely Juda Fine Art since 1986 and this was his sixth one man exhibition at the gallery.