In November, Tramway
presents an exciting exhibition from Mike Nelson. Two time nominee for the Turner Prize, Nelson is one of the most significant artists currently working in the UK .
Focusing on large-scale sculptural installations Nelson creates elaborate and theatrical structures including his most well known work The Coral Reef which was on display at the Tate Modern in London until 2011, and which earned him his first Turner Prize nomination. Nelsons intricate installations have a unique narrative, they are always connected to a location.
For Tramway, Nelson presents a recent work Eighty Circles through Canada (the last possessions of an Orcadian mountain man) 2013. The exhibition centres on Nelsons travelling experiences through Canada and the human connection with the great outdoors as he explores the artistic traditions inherent within landscape and nature. Inspired by Canadian and Scottish landscapes and his friendship and collaboration with the artist and mountaineer Erlend Williamson who tragically died in 1996 while mountain climbing in the Highlands . The exhibition is also inspired by the work of anthropologist Dr. Wilson Duff and incorporates a 35mm slide projection, pieces of wood found on Vancouver beaches, and personal items of Erlend Williamson.
This free exhibition opens on 15 November until 11 January 2015 and is produced by the Contemporary Art Gallery in association with the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff , restaged in partnership with the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney. The exhibition is also supported by 303 Gallery, New York .
Mike Nelson (b. 1967 Loughborough) is based in London . Recent exhibitions include 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011), Malmo Konsthall, (2012), M6 Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2013), More things (To the memory of Honoré de Balzac), London (2013), Folk Devil, New York (2013), Mike Nelson, Vancouver (2013), Amnesiac Hide, Toronto (2014)
Mike Nelson is represented by 303 Gallery, New York ; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin ; Matts Gallery, London ; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin .
Among other awards he has been nominated for the Turner Prize in both 2001 and 2007.