02. Artists

Mike Nelson

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b. 1967 in Loughborough (United Kingdom); lives and works in London (United Kingdom)

Mike Nelson’s environments take the form of sequences of meticulously realised spatial structures that draw on the siting and cultural context of their exhibition venues. An interweaving of reality and fiction is fundamental to his approach, and his constructions are shot through with literary and historical references.

Mike Nelson represented the UK at the Venice Biennale in 2011. His work has also been shown at Tate Britain (London), Tramway (Glasgow), MAMCO (Geneva), The Power Plant (Toronto) and the Kunsthalle Münster.

In partnership with the British Council, and the participation of handling company Touring Secours

© Louise Steiwer, kopenhagen.dk


Works


La vie moderne

A7 (Route du soleil), Création Biennale 2015

This is the second in a series of sculptural works that utilise blown out tyres gathered from the major arteries of primary cities across the world. The first, entitled M6 after the British motorway that passes through the industrial city of Birmingham, was realised at Eastside Projects in 2013; the remnants of tyres scattered across a 40 ton slab of concrete were viewed only from the walkway that ran around its periphery. Here in Lyon, rudimentary cages have been constructed to incorporate cast concrete slabs upon which the tyres are elevated, and displayed to create a landscape that allows the viewer to move amongst the debris. These works represent a shift by Nelson back to the object, directing the view towards these specific forms. Nelson understands their creation as a result of an alchemy underpinned by histories, both economic and technological, that culminates in an existential moment as banal as it is extreme. The resulting sculptural forms are primal and totemic, their dense blackness contains an almost graphic quality; an illustration of humanity through the objects that we surround ourselves with, but often ignore.

Courtesy de l’artiste et 303 Gallery, New York; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; Matt’s Gallery, Londres; et neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Venues : La Sucrière

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Gallery
Mike Nelson 3 photos
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Mike Nelson
A7 (Route du soleil) - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Mike Nelson
A7 (Route du soleil) - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Mike Nelson
A7 (Route du soleil) - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière