Mike Nelson

by aucourantarts

Contemporary artist Mike Nelson transforms the white cube space which we are all familiar, into a place which can seem uncanny and eerie. When entering a contemporary gallery you expect, crisp white walls and modest architecture but Nelson transforms the white cube space into a scene which wouldn’t look out of place in an apocalyptic film.  Nelson’s exhibitions preserve a minimal quality considering the intensity of the pieces. Talking about the piece, To the Memory of H.P Lovecraft (1999,2008) Nelson says, “I’ve always had a slight fear of piles of junk that function purely as decorative ephemera but only act as a signifier of a certain type of installation…I think it’s a constant worry that you’ll make this amount of effort to have something that just becomes spectacle, as opposed to something which moves somebody or encourages somebody to empathize with what you’re trying to lure them into, or coax them towards.” (FlashArtonline) Nelson genuinely seems concerned about how the spectator will receive his work. It’s apparent that he is interested in how the space operates the work and how the work operates the space and how both these issues have an effect on the spectator. The space in which art is exhibited in has been a concern for artists for years, but it’s not until recently that artists have begun abandoning objects within the space and just considered the context of the space.

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