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Flag (Union Jack)

Flag (Union Jack), 2013 - Frank Benson

Flag (Union Jack), 2013

Frank Benson  

Print, Work on paper
56 x 33 cm / 22.05 x 12.99 inch
Edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist.

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  • Medium: Silkscreen print on Somerset radiant white.
  • This work is unframed.
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from United Kingdom.

about this work

To accompany his work Flag (Union Jack) installed on the roof of the ICA’s Regency building, Frank Benson has created the special limited edition print Flag (Union Jack) (2013). Benson’s sculpture reflects the artist's on-going fascination with the depiction of arrested motion and the use of digital tools in the creation of sculpture. To create the flag, an image of the Union Jack flag was mapped onto a three-dimensional plane created in a computer animation programme. The plane was then subjected to simulated wind and turbulence, and a still from the animation was chosen as the pattern of the sewn nylon flag. Even when flat, these manipulations give the flag the appearance of billowing in high wind – contorting and disfiguring its stripes while remaining implausibly constrained to a rectangle. In this way Benson confuses the distinction between the flag as image and the flag as object. The rippled appearance of the Union Jack when it is flown – an unintentional consequence of climate – has been intentionally translated onto the flag’s design. National flags, particularly the Union Jack, are a frequent sight around the ICA on the Mall in central London. The road is a focal point of state occasions, during which national flags line the route. Flag (Union Jack) dramatically magnifies, and subtly mutates, these stately insignia.

Flag (Union Jack), published in conjunction with the exhibit, distils the rippled image of the flag in motion as a silkscreen print on paper.

about Frank Benson

Frank Benson is most known for his remarkably detailed life-like sculptures, whereby material production and process are of utmost importance. About his artistic practice, Benson says, “I enjoy backtracking through the manufacturing and distribution process which produces the readymade and intervening one or two steps before the object would become available to the public.” Benson’s sculptures are often described as static or abruptly frozen, always resisting the viewer’s intervention. In addition to his sculptures, his photographic works are occupied with the suspension of movement in both the form and function of the object.

Frank Benson has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles; Artspace, San Antonio; Locker Plant, Marfa; and Miami Art Museum, Miami. His work has been presented in several group exhibitions at venues such as New Museum, New York; Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Hayward Gallery, London; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen; and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. In 2012 Benson was Artist in Residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas.

Frank Benson is represented by the following galleries;
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Sadie Coles HQ, London

Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

You can find more works by Frank Benson on his own website.

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