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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Nathan Coley

b. 1967, United Kingdom

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.

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.

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Featured Artworks

Palace by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork Nathan ColeyPalace, 2015 Lightbulbs, aluminium, scaffolding
Parafin
Palace by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork Nathan ColeyPalace, 2015 Painted timber
81 x 55 x 45 cm
Parafin
The Same for Everyone by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork Nathan ColeyThe Same for Everyone, 2017 Aluminium with fluorescent lamps
105 x 75 x 8 cm
Parafin
Trust all to Memory by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork Nathan ColeyTrust all to Memory, 2017 Deconstructed shaker chair, steel, concrete, wood
105 x 90 x 45 cm
Parafin
Secular Icon in an Age of Moral Uncertainty (Black) by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork Nathan ColeySecular Icon in an Age of Moral Uncertainty (Black), 2008 Fairground lights and aluminium
46 x 24 x 10 cm
Parafin
Secular Icon in an Age of Moral Uncertainty by Nathan Coley contemporary artwork Nathan ColeySecular Icon in an Age of Moral Uncertainty, 2017 Fairground lights and aluminium
46 x 99 x 10 cm
Parafin

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Secular Icons in an Age of Moral Uncertainty at Parafin, London
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1 December 2017–3 February 2018 Group Exhibition Secular Icons in an Age of Moral Uncertainty 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 Nathan Coley Parafin, London

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

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 The Guardian : 13 August 2017

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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In Related Video

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

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: A Place Beyond Belief Related Video & Audio Nathan Coley: A Place Beyond Belief Haunch of Venison : 4 September 2012
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Nathan Coley | Turner Prize Nominee 2007 | TateShots Related Video & Audio Nathan Coley | Turner Prize Nominee 2007 | TateShots Tate : 13 August 2010
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Nathan Coley | Turner Prize Nominee 2007 | TateShots Related Video & Audio Nathan Coley | Turner Prize Nominee 2007 | TateShots Tate : 7 August 2008

'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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