Dan Colen

The Awesome Power of Nature

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The Awesome Power of Nature
Dan Colen
The Awesome Power of Nature
2006
marker on canvas
61 x 48.3 cm
Found in a thrift shop, Dan Colen’s The Awesome Power of Nature is an appropriated painting. Framed backside out, Colen conceals the image and instead exhibits the stretcher, raw canvas, and hanging wire: a blank field of projection upon which the previous owner has written a profound response to the unseen painting. Bringing into question concepts of authorship, authenticity, and creative potential, Colen’s ‘misused’ canvas distils a rarefied elegance from the banal and discarded.

     
 


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