Mike Nelson unveils his 2019 Tate Britain Commission
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
19 March - 6 October 2019
PMSA Advisory Board member, Mike Nelson was appointed as Tate Brittain Commission sculptural artist for 2019. The Loughborough-born artist unveils his Tate Britain commission today.
“For the prestigious annual commission, artists are asked to interact with the vast, suggestive neoclassical architecture of the Duveen sculpture galleries”, Tate Britain director Alex Farquharson explained.
Mike Nelson describes himself as a ‘frustrated archaeologist’ and is best known for huge, immersive site-specific installations, always implying an intricate tangle of literary, filmic, socio-political and cultural references.
He has been nominated twice for the Turner Prize and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2011, with an installation featuring piles of junk and abandoned workshops. The feeling of abandon and dismay is a common thread of his work, to be found again in Coral Reef, 2000, at the Tate Collection: a labyrinth of abandoned, interconnected rooms, where individual narratives and cultural histories are displayed through everyday objects (an empty sleeping bag, a calendar in Arabic, a wall hanging of JFK, a clown mask) carrying away the spectator to a rather symbolic dimension.