Galleria Franco Noero

VIA MOTTALCIATA 10/B
10154, TORINO
ITALY
PIAZZA CARIGNANO 2
10123, TORINO
ITALY

Mike Nelson
Untitled No.22 (High Plains Drifter)

06 November 2008 — 10 January 2009

'Untitled # 22 (High Plains Drifter)' (1993) is a long term installation in Piazza Santa Giulia 5. Conceived as a parody on Niele Toroni's brush stroke works, Nelson's concept was that his practice exists only as the painting of a given room red, not through his relationship with colour or abstraction but through his obsession with “High Plains Drifter”, a Clint Eastwood western from 1973 in which the small American town of Lago becomes a metaphor of life in Hell as the inhabitants are forced to literally paint the town red. The work parodies what was itself a parody, as Eastwood directs himself in the part of the avenging loner in a direct reference back to his character within the Leone trilogy from the 60!s. Following the artist!s precise instructions, a room is painted in a specific tone of red, all objects, litter and dust are included as a temporal crystallization and jump into a displaced realm.

 

Mike Nelson (Loughborough, UK, 1967), has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2001 and 2007. Among his most recent solo exhibitions in public Institutions: Staten Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen; Villa Arson, Nice (2008); Creative Time Project, New York; ACCA, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2007); Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; Frieze Art Projects, London (2006); MAMCO, Geneva; Turner Contemporary, Margate (2005); CCAC Institute, San Francisco; MoMa Oxford (2004); ICA, London (2001). He has participated to the Tate Triennale (2008/9), São Paulo Biennial (2004), Istanbul Biennial (2003), Biennale of Sidney (2002), Biennale di Venezia (2001).

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