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Villa Savoye 1997

Nathan Coley (born 1967, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

Villa Savoye
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh

Nathan Coleyís work Villa Savoye is an installation which transforms a gallery space into a lecture room, with a slide projector positioned between rows of chairs. The point of reference is Le Corbusierís iconic modernist building, the Villa Savoye in Poissy. For the installation Coley edited comments on the Villa, which a female voice-over reads out alongside a slide presentation. However, instead of witnessing a documentation of Corbusierís work, the viewers are confronted with pictures of a typical modern suburban brick house, as built on estates all over the Britain. The images thus contradict the voice-over in an ironic way. When the voice says 'The site is expansive, bordered by trees on three sides, and has long views towards the softly rolling fields and valley' the viewer sees a slide with a suburban street with no trees, fields or valleys in sight. An established international artist, Nathan Coley was born in Glasgow in 1967. He studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art and now lives and works in Dundee. Coley has been involved in a range of international exhibitions, including Days Like These at Tate Britain in London 2003. Solo exhibitions include those at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and at the Milton Keynes Gallery in 2004. Coley was also the only British artist to be selected for the Sydney Bienniale in July 2004. His work Show Home was included as an outside project in the British Art Show 6 in Gateshead. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2007.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from doggerfisher, Edinburgh, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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