Studio Nathan Coley

Gathering Of Strangers 2007


Scaffolding and Illuminated Text
8.2m x .45m


on the site of Nottingham Contemporary, England
Haunch of Venison, New York
Haunch of Venison, London

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Subsequently shown:
Haunch of Venison, New York 2008
Haunch of Venison, London 2009
Nuit Blanche, Paris 2009
Istanbul Biennale, 2013

Gathering Of Strangers

Michael Rooks

Coley’s text piece Gathering of Strangers oddly advertises the uncomfortable circumstances of an assembly of unrelated, unfamiliar people, implying a condition of contemporary global nomadicism. The multicoloured, fairground light bulbs evoke an amusement park attraction, yet the phrase they spell is a common idiom for Christian congregations or the Church itself, presenting a modern-day conflict between carnival and Lent. Like Coley’s camouflage churches, Gathering of Strangers questions how our environment is invested with meaning, how meaning shifts from one social context to the next, and how the values to which we aspire are reflected in the way we describe ourselves and the associations we make.

Taken from the the exhibition catalogue 'Take Me There (Show Me The Way)', Haunch of Venison, New York, 2009