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British artist Stephen Nelson makes strange and highly personable objects and constructions\, often playf ully domestic and comedic\, using a wide variety of salvaged materials sele cted for their colour\, texture and character. Working with anything from s ea worn plastic toys\, clay pipes\, wire\, painted drift wood to cloth\, ca rpet and leather\, Nelson’s sculptures have an improvised and makeshift att itude\, forming part of a curious world of ‘possible objects’ which defy cr itical context by reaching out through their physicality.

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Nelson’s work juxtaposes poor and disposable mat erials — discarded toys\, old carpet\, string — with precious materials\, s uch as Florentine gold leaf and bronze\, all collected from his life throug h extensive travels as well as online. Just as Nelson uses ‘high’ and ‘low’ forms of activity to search and collect his materials so he does not posit ion any one material as more important than another within his sculpture or assemblage. In this way his practise can be said to have strong links to A rte Povera and in particular\, their intention to contrast the new and the old\, between unprocessed and man-made elements\, between primitive and con sumer cultures in order to complicate our sense of the effects of time. The collected materials are like motifs or momentos from the artist’s life\, h ighly personal yet also referencing symbolic\, especially totemic forms\, s pecific yet ambiguous\, resistant to linear narrative\, leaving the viewer open to a range of familiar yet unfamiliar worlds.

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This display by Stephen Nelson forms a landscape of artefacts which inhabit the Contemporary Art Society\, which both references and ref uses the traditional display mechanisms of archaeological and ethnographic objects. The exhibition\, while referencing history and topography\, sing o ut of an unrecognisable time and place.

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Stephen Nelson was born in Liverpool in 1961\, and lives and works in London. He gained his BA in Fine Art at South Glamorgan Institute (1983 )\, followed by a Masters in Fine Art at Birmingham University (1985). Solo exhibitions include\, It’s a Soft Hard World\, Space Station Sixty Five\, London (2008)\, Tepuis\, Camden Arts Centre\, London (1996)\, Wax\, Adam Ga llery\, London (1994)\, Bronze\, Mario Flecha Gallery\, London (1993) and U ntitled\, Adam Gallery\, London (1992). His numerous group exhibitions incl ude Students\, Patients\, Paupers\, St Phillips\, LSE London (2011)\, Rhizo matic\, Departure Gallery\, London (2010)\, Domestic\, Tannery Arts\, Londo n (2006)\, Thy neighbours ox\, Space Station Sixty Five (2005) which he als o curated and 100 Drawings\, Drawing Room\, London (2003). In 1999 Nelson w as appointed the Arts Council of England Helen Chadwick Fellow in Sculpture \, during which period he developed a series of works about wolves that rel ated to his time spent at the British School in Rome and at Oxford Universi ty.

DTEND:20130328 DTSTAMP:20140829T114805 DTSTART:20130111 GEO:51.5259857;-0.0964498 LOCATION:Contemporary Art Society\,59 Central Street \nLondon\, EC1V 3AF SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Project 01: Stephen Nelson\, Stephen Nelson UID:257766 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR