Peter Coffin

Untitled (Spiral Staircase) (detail)

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Untitled (Spiral Staircase) (detail)
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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