Flag (Union Jack), 2013


Silkscreen print on Somerset radiant white

12.99 x 22.05 in

33.0 x 56.0 cm

Edition of 50

Signed by the artist

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12.99 x 22.05 in

33.0 x 56.0 cm

Edition of 50


    About The Work

    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. Benson’s edition for the ICA, also entitled 'Flag (Union Jack)' and published in conjunction with his exhibit, distils the rippled image of the flag in motion as a silkscreen print on paper.

    Courtesy of ICA London

    About Frank Benson

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