David Nash: Drawings and Sculpture at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

By Culture24 Staff | 28 July 2009
a black and red painting

(Above) David Nash, Crag and Cave, pastel on paper (2007). Picture courtesy David Nash

Exhibition: David Nash's Drawings and Sculpture, Abbot Hall, Kendal, until October 10 2009

Drawings and Sculpture features examples of work from David Nash's entire working period, from previous unseen works, to a number of new commissions.

The main focus of the exhibition will be the way Nash uses drawing, considering its relationship with and importance to the creative process.

Key pieces include an installation based around the events of 9/11 alongside pieces of Nash's Land Art, of which the best known are in wooden boulder.

He began the piece in 1978 and the work involves the journey of a large wooden boulder from the welsh mountainside to the Atlantic Ocean.

a selection of scultures made from wood that have been charred in places

David Nash Drawings and Sculpture from the series An Awful Falling. Picture courtesy David Nash, © Julia Schwager, Kšnigstein, Germany

His sculptures are made from unseasoned wood, twisting and cracking over time. Nash also uses fire to char the sculptures, turning the wood to carbon which, when treated, gives the sculptures longer life in the open air.

Nash says the resulting blackness turns your attention from the organic material of the wood to the mineral material caused by the fire.

Open 10.30am-5pm (except Sundays). Admission £5.75 (free for under-18s and full-time students under 25.) Call 01539 722464 or visit the Gallery online.

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