Nathan Coley was born in 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland. Between 1985 and 1989 he studied at the Glasgow School of Art. From 1998 to 2005 he lived and worked in Dundee. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. His work is represented in many international public and private collections. He currently lives and works in Glasgow. This exhibition is his first major solo showing in North America.
NATHAN COLEY: KNOWLEDGE, KINDLINESS AND COURAGE
CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY, VANCOUVER
NOV 23, 2012 to JAN 20, 2013
The Contemporary Art Gallery presents a major solo exhibition with British artist Nathan Coley, his first in North America. Comprising an exhibition across all gallery spaces and an offsite presentation, existing pieces are presented alongside Unnamed a major new commission.
Coley’s practice revolves around investigations into the social aspects of our built environment, working across a diverse range of media. Interested in public space, the artist explores how architecture comes to be invested – and reinvested – with meaning, and how through the competing practices of place these claims and significations come into conflict.
Running concurrently off-site, on top of the Pennsylvania Hotel at the corner of Carrall Street and East Hastings Street, Vancouver, We Must Cultivate Our Garden (2006) is a large-scale illuminated text work held aloft on a scaffolding structure.
ARTIST TALK WITH Nathan Coley
Wednesday, November 21, 7pm, free
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Room 301, 1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island
Nathan Coley speaks to his work for the first time in Canada. In
his practice, he investigates the physical and well as the social
constructions in our everyday life and in particular, explores the
unconscious of architecture and cityscapes through the use of
photographs, videos, installations and constructions. Presented
in collaboration with Emily Carr University of Art + Design.