Listening to Art

07.11: David Partridge, Small Valleys

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Listening to Art, by William Denton.

Volume seven, number eleven: Small Valleys by David Partridge.

Hello, and welcome to Listening to Art. I’m William Denton.

In this issue we return to sculptor David Partridge, or, as I knew him, Mr. Partridge. This is another “naillie,” which, as Wikipedia describes them, are “works (sometimes very large) made of nails of varying sizes driven into plywood to different heights to form representational or abstract sculptures.” This is one of his later small works, made in 2001.

This is a naillie, made of wood, aluminum sheathing, aluminum tape and galvanized steel nails, fitting in a volume 10.5 cm wide, 14 cm high and 2.5 cm deep.

Now let’s listen to Small Valleys by David Partridge, recorded at a private collection, in Toronto, on 15 July 2020.

Waveform of the field recording.

That was Small Valleys by David Partridge. I hope you enjoyed listening to it as much as I did.

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All web sites accessed as of date of publication.

Denton, William. “David Partridge, Metropolis.” Listening to Art 02, no. 02 (01 December 2017).

⸻. “David Partridge, Strata and Craters.” Listening to Art 02, no. 01 (13 November 2017).

Wikipedia, s.v. “David Partridge (artist),”