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Nathan Coley Commission

THE BASIC MATERIAL IS NOT THE WORD BUT THE LETTER

Nathan Coley commission in the Main Library forum

Nathan Coley

THE BASIC MATERIAL IS NOT THE WORD BUT THE LETTER

2018

 

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Main Library at George Square, artist Nathan Coley has created a new site-specific sculpture for the building. The Basic Material Is Not The Word But The Letter is a phrase found in the Archives at the Centre for Research Collections, where Coley conducted research for the sculpture. The exact meaning of the phrase, and therefore the art work itself, is open to the interpretation of those viewing it. Sited within the Main Library, the work clearly resonates with the function of the building; but is this a celebration or an interrogation?

 

Nathan Coley is based in Glasgow and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007. His work has been exhibited all over the world and is represented in numerous public and private collections. 

front view of Nathan Coley commission in the Main Library forum
detail of Nathan Coley commission in the Main Library forum

 

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