Stuart Brisley Nul Comma Nul 1983–6

Artwork details

Artist
Stuart Brisley born 1933
Title
Nul Comma Nul
Date 1983–6
Medium Steel, wood, clothes and spotlight
Dimensions Displayed: 2450 x 1850 x 6200 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1987
Reference
T05002
Not on display

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Brisley was one of ten artists commissioned by Camden Arts Centre to 'examine present day society in the light of Orwell's book (Nineteen Eighty-Four)'. Of this work Brisley wrote 'I've tried to find an image to express feelings which somehow suggest constriction, of being nowhere. There is no space in Nineteen Eighty-Four, no social space... just a sense of claustrophobia and that what at first appears to be a rigidly structured society is not really so'. A harsh spotlight housed in the structure throws the shadow of the viewer onto the wall behind, bringing the viewer into an active relationship with the content of the wall. The title refers to the German word for nought, 'null'.

July 1995

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