Camouflage Portrait (Black on Black), 2006
Screenprint. 56 x 76cm fully archival standard 300grm paper. Produced for Cove Park by Dundee Contemporary Arts, Print Studio.

Nathan Coley lives and works in Glasgow. His work examines how the values of a society are reflected in, and determined by its built environment, addressing concerns such as the importance of place, the social value of architecture and the meaning and relevance of contemporary monuments. In his work for Cove Park, Coley applied two black inks to black paper to form a ‘camouflage portrait’ that seems to deny or disappear into its own existence. The print alters in visibility according to the viewer’s position and the light sources reflected on it. In doing this it transposes the language of paintings shown at Frieze Art Fair 2006 and in the sculptural models and wall painting in his solo exhibition There will be no miracles here, at Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, 2006. In its title and concept, the print also alludes to military camouflage, linking to the context of Cove Park’s location near the nuclear submarine base Faslane.

Edition price: £500 (unframed)
Please note, the nature of this work means it is difficult to reproduce an image of it at the scale this website permits. Please contact Cove Park directly to receive more detailed images of the work.
This work was commissioned for and included within the Cove Park Portfolio, 2006. Information on this project, its themes, and the artists involved in available here.