Tuesday, 31 August 2010
DAVID NASH - TWIN TOWERS
One thing that I wasn't expecting when I went to YSP was to find a room separate from everything else within the galley that was designated solely to the Twin Towers and September 11th.
This s a very different kind of work as it had a narrative: Nash created An Awful Falling 9.11 in 2001 after seeing images and film footage of the attacks on the Twin Towers, New York. It was not his intention to make a work in response, the exhibition notes inform, but he realised that a piece of beech he was developing looked ‘hauntingly like’ one of the images he had seen of the aftermath. The installation is displayed on its own as Nash sees it as separate from the evolution of his own practice, being a direct reference to global events. In his career Nash strives to make positive interventions in his environment, to work with natural processes and to develop a practice that both attempts to make sense of, and also celebrates, the world around us and our place within it. His career is inspired by the lived experience, including the tragic, the profound, and the gently humorous.
His sculptures resemble so much, those images we all have in our minds of that day. The burnt effect he has applied to the pieces further enhances the work and really leaves a numbness as you walk around the exhibit.