British sculptor David Nash tends to work with naturally fallen wood. For work to be presented indoors, as is the case here, he often uses a chainsaw to roughly hew the wood into basic geometrical shapes and then he chars it using a blowtorch or other source of fire. He also produces site-specific work meant to be displayed outdoors and to interact with the environment. Many of these outdoor installations make use of living trees which are grown and shaped in projects spanning decades.
These works were on show at the recent Art Basel exhibition in Hong Kong. His bronze sculpture shown below, Torso, calls to mind both tree trunks— with a patina giving the bronze the look of charred wood—and the human form.
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version (2048 x 1365) on Flickr –
More on David Nash
Artist’s page at the Annely Juda Fine Art gallery website: Profile: David Nash
David Nash at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, December 2013 (by Yorkshire Sculpture Park)
At the twenty-minute mark of this video, you can see his chain-saw carving technique and an interesting charring bonfire.
~by Stephen Richards (longzijun)
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