David Nash

Flying Frame


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Not on display

David Nash born 1945
Object: 2160 × 3430 × 1200 mm
Exchanged with the artist 1984

Catalogue entry

David Nash born 1945

T03932 Flying Frame 1980

Oak with steel bolts approximately 2160 x 3430 x 1200 (85 x 135 x 47 1/4)
Not inscribed
Acquired by exchange with the artist 1984 for ‘Standing Frame', purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Exh: British Art Now: An American Perspective, 1980 Exxon International Exhibition, RA, Oct.-Dec. 1980 (Exhibition Gallery Guide, 28); Sixty Seasons, David Nash, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Jan.-Feb. 1983, Fruit Market Gallery, Edinburgh, March-April 1983, Mostyn Gallery Llandudno, April-June 1983, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea, June-July 1983, City Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, July-Sept. 1983 (no cat., repr. p.44); An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York, May-Aug. 1984 (repr. p.227); Modern British Sculpture: From the Collection, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Sept. 1988-1991 (no number, repr.)
Repr: The Times, 17 Oct. 1980, p.1; David Nash, exh. cat., Shiga, Japan 1984, p.86

‘Flying Frame' was made at Tan-y-Bwlch, an area of woodland near the artist's house and studio at Blaenau Ffestiniog, from an oak tree that had been given to him.

The square shape of the sculpture was made from pegging together sections of the trunks at right angles, which then remained standing on the branches growing from each side. The concept of the construction is similar to that of ‘Running Table' made in Grizedale Forest in 1978 (repr. David Nash, Fletched over Ash, 1978, p.8) in which four straight branches are fixed together to make a horizontal surface that stands on its own branched legs. This idea is itself a development of the series of rough tables that Nash made in the early 1970's, including the Tate Gallery's ‘Rostrum with Bonks' 1971 (T03471). The similarity between these sculptures is illustrated in his large drawing ‘Family Tree 1970-82' 1982 (T03473), in which sketches of several sculptures are linked together by line to show the sequence of particular types of work. In this drawing the predecessors of the ‘Flying Frame' are the ‘Running Table' (1978) and ‘Branch Cube' (repr. David Nash, Wood Quarry, 1982, p.28).

The dimensions of ‘Flying Frame' vary slightly, depending on the precise angles at which the parts are bolted together.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.214-15

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