David Annesley b. 1936
T01341 Jump 1965
Painted steel, 44¿ x 62 x 11 (114 x 157.5 x 28).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Waddington Galleries, March-April 1966; The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tate Gallery, June-August 1971 (3, repr.).
Lit: Anne Seymour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 37–48.
Like ‘Godroon’, ‘Jump’ contains the idea of a form capable of infinite extension; a half-scale shape is carried on the back of a full-scale one suggesting the possibility of further development, down through the floor and up into the air. Annesley has called it ‘a reality joke’. It is also perhaps a reminder of his interest in Paul Klee’s ‘serious jokes’. The shapes used were obtained by sawing steel pipes in half…