Seamus NicolsonOri 1999

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Artwork details

Artist
Seamus Nicolson (born 1971)
Title
Ori
Date 1999
MediumPhotograph, colour, on paper on aluminium
Dimensionssupport: 1012 x 1545 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2001
Reference
P78531
On display at Tate Britain
Theme: BP Spotlights
Room: Source

Summary

Seamus Nicolson’s work focuses almost exclusively on night-time scenes of the urban environment. Ori depicts a young man dressed in club clothing, silver trousers and wings, red bomber jacket and boots. He is seen urinating against a wall in the street level parking area beneath a block of offices in Clerkenwell, London. There is no one else in sight and no cars; in the early hours of the morning the city is deserted. Artificial light from streetlamps spills in from either side of the image, casting long, dramatic shadows and creating a homogenising, monochrome effect. The subject was inspired by an incident when the artist and a friend were on the way home from a costume party. Nicolson recreated the event, with his friend in the original costume, but using a different location… (read more)

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