Nathan Coley


The first substantial monograph on the artists work, covering the last ten years

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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?

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Weight 958 g
Dimensions 22.6 x 28.6 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 19 May 2014
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Text by Brian Dillon, Tom Hunt, Caroline Käding, Tanja Karreman, Lisa Le Feuvre, Rory Mitchell, and Andrea Schlieker
Dimensions 22.6 x 28.6 cm
Weight 958 g


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