David Annesley
Godroon 1966

Artwork details

David Annesley born 1936
Date 1966
Medium Painted steel
Dimensions Object: 1441 x 1441 x 508 mm
Acquisition Presented by Alistair McAlpine (later Lord McAlpine of West Green) 1970
Not on display

Catalogue entry

David Annesley b. 1936

T01343 GODROON 1966

Not inscribed.
Painted aluminium, 56¾ x 56¾ x 20 (144 x 144 x 51).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, March-April 1966; New British Sculpture/Bristol, Bristol, May-June 1968 (1); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June-August 1971 (5, repr.).
Lit: Anne Seymour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 37–48.

Some of David Annesley’s sculpture has come out of experimenting with grid systems, although geometry was just a tool — it was not important for its own sake. ‘Godroon’ originates in a grid of circles. The grid emerged partly through working with curving forms and observing the patterns they made and partly from making drawings on graph paper. It functions as a kind of hidden reference; the shape is something that has stepped out of a total system — in this case one where the outer and inner elements are identical.

The title ‘Godroon’ is a term usually used for ornamentation in architecture, plate or dress, meaning ‘one of a set of convex curves or arcs joined at their extremities to form a decorative pattern’ (O.E.D.). T01343 is one of an edition of three.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.

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