Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen, The Aalto Natives, 2017 (still). HD video, sound, color; 53:54 min. Courtesy the artist; the Box, Los Angeles; Matt’s Gallery, London; Monitor, Rome; and Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam
Join us for a conversation between artist Nathaniel Mellors and curator Margot Norton on the occasion of the exhibition “Nathaniel Mellors: Progressive Rocks.” In his fantastical and wryly comical videos, sculptures, and installations, Mellors employs absurdist satire to incisively critique morality, national identity, religion, and power structures in contemporary society.
Nathaniel Mellors was born in 1974 in Doncaster, UK, and lives and works in Los Angeles and Amsterdam. Solo exhibitions include the Box, Los Angeles (2016); Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2014); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Galway Arts Centre, Ireland (2013); Baltimore Museum of Art (2013); Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2012); Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, Netherlands (2011); and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2011). Mellors has also been featured in group exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark (2016); the Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2014); Manifesta Foundation, Amsterdam (2014); National Gallery of the Arts, Tirana (2014); National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow (2013); Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (2013); the Slaughterhouse, Plymouth, UK (2011); Center for Contemporary Art Glasgow (2011); the Hayward Gallery, London (2011); the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2011). He is the recipient of the 2014 Contemporary Art Society Prize and the 2011 Cobra Art Prize. Mellors and Finnish artist Erkka Nissinen represented Finland at the 57th Venice Biennale with their collaborative video installation The Aalto Natives (2017).