• Mike Nelson

    Modern Art Oxford

    An artistic homage is by no means a straightforward gesture—it can be an act of cannibalism or one-upmanship as much as of indebtedness or respect. Like the cartoon snake that swallows some distinctively shaped object and distends into the same form, the tributary artwork consumes the object of its admiration, cloaking it with its own skin. But unlike the snake, which usually gets to cough its meal up again, intact, the artistic homage irreversibly transforms the prized object. Mike Nelson’s show “Triple Bluff Canyon” did just this, paying an intricate tribute to the work of Robert Smithson and

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