Peter Coffin - Contemporary Artists

Untitled (Spiral Staircase) (detail)

Untitled (Spiral Staircase) (detail) The Saatchi Gallery
 

Peter Coffin

Untitled (Spiral Staircase) (detail)

2007
Aluminum and steel

670.6 x 670.6 x 213.4 cm

Coffin’s Untitled (Spiral Staircase) takes the idea of a simple architectural fitting to an absurd extreme. Reminiscent of Escher’s Infinite Staircase, Coffin’s winding steps are moulded into a circle, inexhaustibly twisting in impossible logic made real. By remodeling the steps, Coffin strips the staircase of its function, turning a thing which is normally engaged with physicality into a dizzying conceptual game. Through his humorous constructions, Coffin bridges art history and everyday experience, subverting the preconceptions of both.
 
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