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Nathan Coley Biography

Nathan Coley (b.1967, Glasgow, Scotland) 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.

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Nathan Coley lives and works in Glasgow. He has enjoyed solo exhibitions at the Kunstverein Freiburg (2013), the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2012), ACCA, Melbourne (2011), the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2004), the Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon (2001) and the Westfalischer Kunstverein, Munster (2000). His work was included in Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland (2014), You Imagine What You Desire, 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014), Mom, Am I Barbarian, 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), Tales of Time and Space, Folkestone Triennial, UK (2008), Days Like These, Tate Triennial of Contemporary British Art, Tate Britain (2003), and in the British Art Show 6 at BALTIC (2005). Recent solo exhibitions include You Imagine What You Desire, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2014), From the People, to the People, for the People, Future Perfect, Singapore (2014), Burn the Village, Feel the Warmth, Pier Arts Centre, Orkney (2013), and A Place Beyond Belief, Haunch of Venison, London (2012). His work is represented in many collections worldwide. Coley was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2007.

Nathan Coley Featured Artworks

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The Future is Inside Us, It’s Not Somewhere Else by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyThe Future is Inside Us, It’s Not Somewhere Else, 2019Handprinted Zuber wallpaper, aluminium lightboxes with LED lights; 5 parts
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We Are The Monument by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyWe Are The Monument, 2019Handprinted Zuber wallpaper, aluminium lightbox with LED lights
184 x 272 x 80 cm
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You Don’t Know About Me by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyYou Don’t Know About Me, 2019Handprinted Zuber wallpaper, aluminium lightbox with LED lights
184 x 168 x 80 cm
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You Better Not by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyYou Better Not, 2019Handprinted Zuber wallpaper, aluminium lightbox with LED lights
184 x 144.5 x 80 cm
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Looking For Luck by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyLooking For Luck, 2019Handprinted Zuber wallpaper, aluminium lightbox with LED lights
184 x 191.5 x 80 cm
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Born by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyBorn, 2019Handprinted Zuber wallpaper, aluminium lightbox with LED lights
184 x 215 x 80 cm
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Palace by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyPalace, 2015Lightbulbs, aluminium, scaffolding
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Palace by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork
Nathan ColeyPalace, 2015Painted timber
81 x 55 x 45 cm
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Nathan Coley Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Nathan Coley, The Future Is Inside Us, It’s Not Somewhere Else at Parafin, London
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27 September–16 November 2019 Nathan Coley The Future Is Inside Us, It’s Not Somewhere Else Parafin, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Transient Space at Parafin, London
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21 July–16 September 2017 Group Exhibition Transient Space Parafin, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Nathan Coley, Nathan Coley at Parafin, London
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10 February–18 March 2017 Nathan Coley Parafin, London

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Nathan Coley In Related Press

Art reviews: Martin Boyce | Nathan Coley | Sahej Rahal Related Press Art reviews: Martin Boyce | Nathan Coley | Sahej Rahal 3 October 2017, The Scotsman

Imagining places in which to explore ideas is a fruitful field for many contemporary artists, from a single room to an entire world. The fact is, architecture is a common language; whether or not we know the specialist terms, we know our brutalism from our Belle Époque, and the ideas associated with each. That means there's a lot for an artist to...

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Transient Space review – tales of the city Related Press Transient Space review – tales of the city 13 August 2017, The Guardian

You are in a multistorey car park. You don’t know where your car is. It must be in one of the four corners, on one of the seven levels, by one of those numberless pillars. But they all look the same. You can’t leave without the car and you cannot find it in the concrete labyrinth. This is the modern city. The familiar scenario is brilliantly...

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Nathan Coley In Video & Audio

Nathan Coley, GENERATION Related Video & Audio Nathan Coley, GENERATION 22 August 2014, The National Galleries Scotland

Nathan Coley talks about his work The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worships, Edinburgh 2004 which is on loan from The National Galleries Scotland (NGS) as part of GENERATION.

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Nathan Coley | Turner Prize Nominee 2007 | TateShots Related Video & Audio Nathan Coley | Turner Prize Nominee 2007 | TateShots 7 August 2008, Tate

'There will be no miracles here', reads the illuminated signboard in Nathan Coley's section of the Turner Prize exhibition. It's one of a number of works Coley presented which explored the idea of faith in an era of moral uncertainty. He talks us through his show.

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