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Dan Colen EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Untitled (Vete al Diablo)
Dan Colen
Untitled (Vete al Diablo)

2006

Wood, wire, polyurethane, papier mâché, gesso, oil paint

182.9 x 121.9 cm base 30.5 cm
Drawing from mass media, environmental experience and sub-cultural language, Dan Colen’s work infuses a sense of magic in the under valued and ordinary. In Untitled (Vete Al Diablo), a graffitied boulder is fictionally transplanted from suburban wasteland. Towering as a henge-like monument, it immediately conjures images of teenage ritual, exuding a reliquary aura as degenerate totem. It is in fact made from papier mâché expertly faux finished to look like the real thing. Colen creates a duplicity in the sculpture’s rough hewn appearance, elevating the overlooked and forsaken to a contemplative object of inspiring craftsmanship.
Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future)

Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future)

Dan Colen
Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future)

2004

Styrofoam, oil paint, paper, metal

269 x 287 x 15 cm
Dan Colen’s Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future) is a life scale recreation of the interior of his friend’s apartment. Reconstructed from snapshot photos, every element has been meticulously crafted and exactly placed. Using the deceptive qualities of trompe l’oiel, each newspaper clipping, flyer, sticker, photograph, and hand-scrawled note has been deceptively rendered in paint. In duplicating this plebeian scene Colen imbues the collected ephemera of a person’s existence with a heightened drama, creating both an exacted portrait and amonument of wonder.
Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future) (Detail)

Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future) (Detail)

Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future) (Detail)

Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future) (Detail)

Dan Colen
Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash's Wall in the Future) (Detail)

2004

Styrofoam, oil paint, paper, metal

269 x 287 x 15 cm
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Dan Colen
Untitled

2007

Oil on canvas 19 parts

Dimensions variable
Life Marijuana
Dan Colen
Life Marijuana

2006

Mixed media installation comprised of 1 digital print and 4 unique framed Lambda prints (accompanied by CD with digital file of print)

320 x 250 cm Unique Lambda prints 38 x 38 cm each
Rama Lama Ding Dong
Dan Colen
Rama Lama Ding Dong

2006

Enamel, and moulding paste on wood

134.6 x 101.6cm
Dan Colen’s text paintings, such as Rama Lama Ding Dong, are a practical response to his time consuming realist work. Quickly scrawled in spray paint over plywood boards which are built up with sanded layers of moulding base and acrylic, they retain a tension between immediacy of expression and perfection of surface. Spelling out song lyrics, random thoughts, or absurd slogans Colen’s texts create a form of urban poetry, conjuring effete images through word association and bereft aesthetics. Often times Colen hand-renders these works, creating the effect of aerosol through painstaking brush technique.
Untitled (going, going, go…,)
Dan Colen
Untitled (going, going, go…,)

2005

Oil on canvas

96.5 x 96.5 cm
In Untitled (going, going, go…) Dan Colen presents a traditional still-life. His composition apprises worldly indulgence and inevitable mortality, including all the accoutrements of 17th century memento mori: wine cask, pen and ink, extinguished candle. Drawing comparison to Ed Ruscha’s semiotic pop paintings, Colen’s canvas is rendered with the cool precision of graphic illustration, rendering the romantic scene in contemporary language. The word ‘going’ is subliminally repeated in the lingering trails of smoke, underscoring the painting’s message with pop logotype.
No Sex No War No Me
Dan Colen
No Sex No War No Me

2006

enamel, and molding paste on wood board

144.8 x 101.6 cm
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.

Dan Colen's BIOGRAPHY

Dan Colen
Born in 1979, New Jersey
Lives and works in New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2011
Peanuts, Museum Of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

2010
Poetry, Gagosian Gallery, New York
Karma, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy

2008
I live There... Gagosian Gallery, London

2006
NO ME, Peres Projects, Berlin
Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall In The Future), Peres Projects, LA
Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors, Deitch Projects, NY
Potty Mouth, Potty War, Pot Roast, Pot Is A Reality Kick, Gagosian Gallery, NY

2003
Seven Days Always Seemed Like A Bit Of An Exaggeration, Rivington Arms, NY


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2010
Skin Fruit: Selections From The Dakis Joannou Collection, curated by Jeff Koons, The New Museum, NY

2009
New York Minute, curated by Kathy Grayson, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy
Minneapolis, Peres projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London

2008
Wet Pain, Step Brother, Dan Colen and Nate Lowman, Michelle Maccarone, New York
Subtraction, Deitch Projects, New York
Sack Of Bones, Asia Song Society, New York
Meet Me Around The Corner-Works From The Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum Of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

2007
Nest, Dan Colen and Dash Snow, Deitch Projects, New York
Pop Art is: Gagosian Gallery, London
Unholy Truth’s, Initial access, Frank Cohen Collection, Manchester
Generation, Art Gallery Of Alberta, Canada
Fractured Figure, works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Beyond Zero, Peres Projects, Athens, Greece
Sweet Bird Of Youth, Arndt and Partner, Zurich, Switzerland, curated by Hedi Slimane
Last Attraction Next Exit, Max Wigram Gallery, London
Absent Without Leave, Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Beneath The Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, NY

2006
Fantastic Politics, The National Museum Of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
USA Today, Royal Academy Of Arts London, London
Survivor, curated by David Rimanelli, New York
Defamation Of Character, curated by Neville Wakefield, PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, Long Island City, NY
Mid Life Crisis, curated by Ivana Slander and Tara Subkoff, Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York
Axis Of Praxis, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, Curated by Nate Lowman
Infinite Painting, Villa Manin Centre For Contemporary Art, passariano, Codroipo, Italy
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum Of American Art, New York

2005
Bridge Freezes Before Road, Barbara Gladstone Gallery