Nathan Coley

Nathan Coley
Library Shelf Location 18.COLE
Publication Date 2013
Description The first substantial monograph on the artists work, covering the last ten years. Nathan Coley (*1967 in Glasgow) is interested in the idea of “public” space, and his practice explores the ways in which architecture becomes invested—and reinvested—with meaning. Across a range of media Coley investigates what the built environment reveals about the people it surrounds and how the social and individual response to it is in turn culturally conditioned. Using the readymade as a means to take from and re-place in the world, Coley addresses the ritual forms we use to articulate our beliefs—from hand-held placards and erected signs to religious sanctuaries. Whether highlighting in illuminated letters the testimony of a New Yorker recalling the World Trade Center attacks or erasing the names of the dead from their gravestones, his work frequently turns the specific into the general, thereby testing its function as a form of social representation; simply, does this aphorism, this gravestone, this building, speak on my behalf?
ISBN 9783775736756
Quantity 1
Pages 144
Authors Tanja Karreman, Tom Hunt, Caroline Käding, Rory Mitchell, Andrea Schlieker, Brian Dillon, Lisa Le Feuvre
Format Hardback
Publisher Hatje Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart and Berlin
Related Artist Nathan Coley
Categories Public/Landscape Art, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team)
Keyword Architecture (subject)
Artist's Nationality British/UK, Scottish
Language English

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