Born in Scotland in 1967, Nathan Coley is an artist interested in the idea of public space, and the many meanings architecture can unfold. Using the readymade as a starting point, Coley frequently turns the specific into the general, testing its function as a form of social representation.
In “The Future Is Inside Us, It’s Not Somewhere Else” Coley takes inspiration from the 19th-century hand-printed scenic wallpaper “Les Vues de L’Amérique du Nord” (Views of North America), a hand-printed 15 metre-long design offering a panoramic view of a new world as imagined from the old world of Europe, first produced by French printers Zuber & Cie in 1834. Coley’s new works consist of a series of large-scale custom-made lightboxes which combine original wallpaper with short texts selected by the artist.
- Nathan Coley, You Better Not, 2019