Coral Maze

Seymour, Benedict. 2000. Coral Maze. Mute, 1(17), [Article]

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Ben Seymour on Mike Nelson at Matt's Gallery.

Mike Nelson’s installation The Coral Reef at London’s Matt’s Gallery invited the viewer to explore a labyrinth of interconnected waiting rooms. From a prosaic minicab office with Islamic calendar and texts on the walls to a frowsy deep south hotel with JFK memorabilia, whirring electric fan and stealth bomber pix, none of the rooms were labeled but each offered pungent object-clues for decoding. Signaling possibilities rather than filling in the bigger picture, the installation invited you to imagine its occupants and their stories, evoking an array of tenuous existences and precarious communities, a submerged reef of private clubs, gang chapters, secret societies and dream syndicates.

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11 Apr 2016 11:20

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19 Jun 2017 10:24


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