Mike Nelson

b. 1967, United Kingdom

English sculptor and installation artist, born 1967.

Mike Nelson came to prominence in the late 1990s, creating psychological environments by sifting through the debris of modern life. His installations are expansive dominions for assemblages of cultural detritus, often referencing specific works of literature and countercultural or failed political movements. Working with figures and materials on the fringes of society, Nelson asks his viewers to spend time inhabiting worlds that, while foreign on the surface, reveal intrinsic truths and modes of thought that affect even the most basic cultural activities. His work has been widely shown and collected by, amongst others, the Tate London and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Nelson lives and works in London.

[Biography courtesy of 303 Gallery]



Mike Nelson: Extinction Beckons

Hayward Gallery
22 Feb-7 May 2023