Amnesiac Hide was published on the occasion of solo exhibitions by Mike Nelson at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver from September 13th to November 3rd, 2013, and the Power Plant, Toronto from February 1st to May 19th, 2014, including three new commissions Gang of Seven, 2013 co-produced by the Contemporary Art Gallery and The Power Plant; Eighty Circles through Canada (the last possessions of an Orcadian mountain man), 2013 co-produced by the Contemporary Art Gallery and Walter Philips Gallery, Banff; and Double negative (The Genie), 2014 produced by the Power Plant.
The newly commissioned installation presents its audience with the notion of the lone traveller. Drawing on archetypes such as the fur trapper, the pioneering explorer, the Beatnik and the biker, Mike Nelson offers a new reading of the lone traveller, focusing on the significance of these characters in the context of masculinity and spirituality. This publication, that accompanies this new body of work, contains text contributions by Dick Hebdige, curator Jenifer Parpararo and Julia Paoli, Jaki Irvine, Nigel Prince and Gaëtane Verna.
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