Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide

Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide
Library Shelf Location 18.NELS
Publication Date 2015

A major monograph of iconic British artist and Turner Prize nominee Mike Nelson on the ambitious new commission of the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. Mike explores the notion of the lone, nomadic traveler intriguing and highly detailed installations.

Mike Nelson's newly commissioned installation, commissioned on behalf of Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, and The Power Plant, Toronto, presents its audience with the notion of the lone traveller. Drawing on archetypes such as the fur trapper, the pioneering explorer, the Beatnik and the biker, Mike Nelson offers a new reading of the lone traveller, focusing on the significance of these characters in the context of masculinity and spirituality.

Nelson is best known for his architectural installations, which unfold as narrative structures, where the viewer moves through seemingly abandoned rooms devoid of figures. This publication will draw out Nelson's frequent return to the figure, namely the archetypal lone wanderer, who underlays much of his work whether as an implied trace or as sculptural assemblages. While drawing from a wide range of Nelson's work, the book will spotlight The Amnesiacs, a serial work begun by the artist in 1996 and revisited for these exhibitions through two new commissions.

To accompany this new body of work, which comprises Nelson's first solo shows in Canadian institutions, the artist is also producing an ambitious publication that presents developmental imagery alongside installation shots of the new installations.

ISBN 9781908966452
Quantity 1
Pages 176
Authors Dick Hebdige, Jenifer Papararo, Julia Paoli
Format Paperback
Publisher Black Dog Publishing, London
Related Artist Mike Nelson
Category Installation
Language English

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