The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh 2004
16 May 2014 – 1 March 2015
GOMA Gallery 4 Glasgow
Throughout his work, Nathan Coley expresses curiosity about how we relate to public spaces and architecture. He is also interested in what we believe. His research informs drawings, photographs, sculptures and videos that often contain words or phrases.
For GENERATION Coley’s work , on loan from the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland,The Lamp of Sacrifice, 286 Places of Worship, Edinburgh 2004 is an installation of sculptures made up of all 286 religious and spiritual buildings listed in the 2004 Edinburgh Yellow Pages phone directory under ‘places of worship’. A mammoth task, it was originally made for a solo exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh and took Coley and his assistant four months to produce.
As fewer people go to church and the diversity of different areas shifts, the cardboard models offer a playful and abstract perspective on the buildings. Physically they represent buildings but emotionally they are religious architecture and in equal measure baffle and enlighten people. Nathan Coley doesn’t provide answers but he does inspire those who see his work to ask questions.
Nathan Coley was born in 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland. He studied at the Glasgow School Art from 1985 to1989.From 1998 to 2005 he lived and worked in Dundee. In 2007 he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. His work is represented in many international public and private collections. He currently lives and works in Glasgow.