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Peter Coffin EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

Untitled (Unfinished Hand)
Peter Coffin
Untitled (Unfinished Hand)

2006

Wood, wire mesh and fittings

270 x 200 x 100cm
Often using art history as a departure point for his surreal reinventions, Peter Coffin’s work engages with pre-conceptions about cultural ideals to challenge established perception and interpretation. Taking the form of a giant hand leaning happy-go-lucky against a plinth, Coffin’s Untitled (Unfinished Hand) humorously personifies the tropes of traditional sculpture. Reconfiguring the idealism of modernist art where material purity and the authority of the artistic gesture were held sacrosanct, Coffin monumentalizes the ‘integrity of the artist’s hand’ in wooden planks and wire mesh – the bare bones stuff of modelling.
Around, About Expanded Field (Sculpture Silhouette Props)

Around, About Expanded Field (Sculpture Silhouette Props)

Peter Coffin
Around, About Expanded Field (Sculpture Silhouette Props)

2007

Video & mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (G. Anselmo 'Untitled (Structure That Eats Itself)' 1968)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (G. Anselmo 'Untitled (Structure That Eats Itself)' 1968)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (K. Armitage 'People in the Wind' 1950
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (K. Armitage 'People in the Wind' 1950

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Arp 'Seuil Configuration' 1977)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Arp 'Seuil Configuration' 1977)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (G. Bernini 'the Ecstasy of St. Teresa' 1645-1652)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (G. Bernini 'the Ecstasy of St. Teresa' 1645-1652)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Beuys 'Fat Chair' 1963)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Beuys 'Fat Chair' 1963)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (U. Boccioni 'Unique Forms of Continuity in Space' 1913)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (U. Boccioni 'Unique Forms of Continuity in Space' 1913)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (C. Brancusi 'Endless Column' 1935-38)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (C. Brancusi 'Endless Column' 1935-38)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Calder 'La Grande Vitesse' 1969)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Calder 'La Grande Vitesse' 1969)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Caro 'Sculpture Three' 1961)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Caro 'Sculpture Three' 1961)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Cesar 'Cesar's Thumb' 1967)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Cesar 'Cesar's Thumb' 1967)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (L. Clark 'Raw Cubismo' 1969)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (L. Clark 'Raw Cubismo' 1969)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Dubuffet 'Group of Four Trees' 1969-72)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Dubuffet 'Group of Four Trees' 1969-72)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Easter Island Head)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Easter Island Head)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Ernst 'Capricorn' 1948)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Ernst 'Capricorn' 1948)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Giacometti 'Diego' 1960)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Giacometti 'Diego' 1960)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (R. Indiana 'Love' 1966)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (R. Indiana 'Love' 1966)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Y. Klein 'Blue Sponge' 1959)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Y. Klein 'Blue Sponge' 1959)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Koons 'Rabbit' 1986)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Koons 'Rabbit' 1986)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (S. Le Witt 'Incomplete Cube' 1974)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (S. Le Witt 'Incomplete Cube' 1974)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (B. Nauman 'Untitled (Model for Trench Shaft and Tunnel)' 1978)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (B. Nauman 'Untitled (Model for Trench Shaft and Tunnel)' 1978)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (L. Nevelson 'Drum' 1976)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (L. Nevelson 'Drum' 1976)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (B. Newman 'Broken Obelisk' 1963-69)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (B. Newman 'Broken Obelisk' 1963-69)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (N. de St. Phalle 'Snake Tree' 1964)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (N. de St. Phalle 'Snake Tree' 1964)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Puryear "Lever#3" 1989)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Puryear "Lever#3" 1989)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Rodin 'The Thinker' 1880)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Rodin 'The Thinker' 1880)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (R. Serra 'One ton prop' 1969)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (R. Serra 'One ton prop' 1969)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (D. Smith 'Voltri VIII' 1962)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (D. Smith 'Voltri VIII' 1962)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Di Suvero 'Aurora' 1992-1993 )
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Di Suvero 'Aurora' 1992-1993 )

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Tinguely 'Variation IV' 1966)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Tinguely 'Variation IV' 1966)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop ('Venus of Willendorf' 28,000 BC)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop ('Venus of Willendorf' 28,000 BC)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (P. Voulkos 'Jupiter' 1994)
Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (P. Voulkos 'Jupiter' 1994)

2007

mixed media

Dimensions variable
Untitled (Spiral Staircase) (detail)

Untitled (Spiral Staircase) (detail)

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.

Peter Coffin's BIOGRAPHY

Peter Coffin
1972
Berkeley, California

Lives and works in New York


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2007
Tree Pants, The Historical Society of New York
Herald Street, London

2005
Hello Headspace, Galleria Fonti, Naples, Italy
New Work, Living Room D Lyx Gallery, Malmo, Sweden
Absinthe Drinker, The Wrong Gallery, New York, curated by Ali Subotnick / Lisa Ivorian Gray

2004
It Chooses You, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

2002
Perfect If On, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

1995
Peter Coffin: New Work, University of California, Davis Art Gallery, Davis


Museum EXHIBITIONS


2005
When Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body - an Exhibition about Sound, Performance and Sculpture, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich.
Greater New York, P.S.1/MoMA, Long Island City, New York

2004
Natural Habitat, The Paine Art Center, Osh Kosh, Wisconsin
Beating About The Bush, South London Gallery, London
Collection (or, How I Spent a Year), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (curated by Bob Nickas)

2001
B-Hotel, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2006
The Impossible Landscape, University Gallery, University of Massachusetts (curated by Mark Godfrey and Jodie Vicenta Jacobson)
Sculpture Park, Frieze Art Fair, London (exhibited: Untitled (Treepants))
Shape Without Form, Shade Without Colour, Paralysed Force, Gesture Without Motion, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann Gallery, Milan
Dice Thrown (Will Never Annul Chance), Bellwether Gallery, , Curated by Joao Ribas and Becky Smith
Strange Powers, curated by Laura Hoptman and Peter Eleey, Creative Time,
Yes Bruce Nauman, Zwirner & Wirth, N.Y.
Kamp K48, John Connelly Presents,
Bring the War Home, Organized by Drew Heitzler, QED Gallery, Los Angeles, and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, Peter Coffin, Anne Collier, and Eileen Quinlan, United Artists Ltd., Marfa, Texas
Supernova, curated by Judicael Lavrador, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
Happiness, Gagosian Gallery Berlin, curated by Martin Germann as part of the 4th Berlin Biennal for Contemporary Art
Draw a Straight Line and Follow It, curated by Anna Gray, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson,
Slow Burn, curated by Jonah Freeman, Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva
Mystic River, Southfirst Gallery, curated by Noah Sheldon Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Wanas 2006 - 8 American Artists, The Wanas Foundation, Malmo, Sweden
View: Nine/Scene III, Mary Boone Gallery, Curated by Jose Freire
The Fact, Abstract, curated by Claire Barliant, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City,
Dynasty, an Exhibition Modeled After the Dynamic of Multigenerational Families, Gallery MC, curated by Amy Goldrich, Christopher Ho, Omar Lopes-Chahoud and Sara Reisman
Endless Summer, curated by Gyonata Bonvicini, West London Projects, London
Deaf, from Audible to Visible, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris

2005
24-Hour Incidental, Performa Biennial 05, Swiss Institute, and WFMU radio,
Different Wavelengths, Tina Kim Fine Art, New York,
Excitations, arranged by Matt Keagan, Andrew Kreps Gallery,
Fuzzy Logic, Bridgewater Hall Gallery, Manchester, England, curated by Jackie Passmore.
Threshold, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK curated by Diana Baldon
Desired Constellations, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York,
There's a City in My Mind, South First Gallery, Brooklyn,
Breaking Ground, Horticultural Society of New York, , curated by Jodie Vicente Jacobson
The Feraliminal Lycanthropizer,Champion Fine Art, curated by Craig Kalpakjian Los Angeles, CA
Good Titles from Bad Books, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami ,Fl, curated by Matthew Brannon
Post Notes, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN
Lesser New York, a Fia Backstrom production, New York,
Frisbee Exhibition, Official Project of the Armory VIP Group, New York

2004
Boundless, curated by Henry Hughes, Stenersenmuseet, Oslo, Norway and Changdong National Art Studio, Seoul, Korea Slight of Hand, curated by Emily Wei and Haan Chau, Lemon Sky Projects, Miami
We Could have Invited Everyone, An Exhibition Centered on the Formation of Secret Societies and Micronations, Reg Vardy Gallery, University of Sunderland, England
Blind Dates, Arena, Sculpture Center, Queens, New York
Liverpool Biennal of Contemporary Art, Transparent Eyeball, curated by Duncan Hamilton, Liverpool, U.K
Copy Art, ICA London, UK
The Infinite Fill Show, curated by Cory + Jamie Arcangel, Foxy Productions,
The Yugoslav Biennal of Young Artists, curated by Sinisa Mitrovic, Ana Nikitovic, JelenaVesic,
-Konkordija Centre for Contemporary Culture, Vrsac, Belgrade
Open, curated by Richard Torcia, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Pennsylvenia
Appendiks Bag Thiemers Magasin, Copenhagen, Denmark
Cakewalk, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, Florida
New Party: Markus Amm, Gerard Byrne, Peter Coffin, Dionisis, Kavallieratos, Rodrigo Novaes, The Breeder, Athens, Greece
Works on Paper, Southfirst Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Art in The Office, Global Consulting Group, New York,
Peter Coffin with Brett Milspaw, Jan Mancuska, Ara Peterson, Elif Uras, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Household Psychedelics, Fia Backström Productions, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Coffin - Lanz - Meagher, 2YK Galerie at Kunstfabrik, Berlin, Germa

2003
Kult 48 Klubhouse, Deitch Projects, Williamsburg, (curated by Scott Hug)
Putt-Putt Inferno here Gallery, New York,
Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom Show, Galerie du Jour, Agnes B., Paris
Brewster Projects, Brewster, New York.
Definitively Provisional, White Chapel Project Space, London
One Hundred Artists, One Hundred T-Shirts, Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York,
Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich Presents, New York, .
Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art,
Toronto, Canada

2002
Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park,
Long Island City, New York
Now More Than Ever, Citylights Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Free Manifesta, Manifesta 4, Frankfurt, Germa
Free Biennial, curated by Sal Randolph

2001
Artpact 2001, The Flophouse, New York, , sponsored by DAAD

2000
Get Empty, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, The Purnell Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Interchange: Simultaneity in Action, John Adams Foundation for Art, Amsterdam

1999
Interspatiality, the Frame Gallery, Pittsburgh
Inside/Outside with Birds, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Deep6, Ewart Gallery, Pittsburgh

1998
Group Exhibit, Kunst Seminar Akademie, the Haid, Metzingen, Germa

1997
The Abstract Word, Barclay Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Work/Space: Visual Relations Incorporate, Southern Exposure Gallery and associated corporate sites in the
Financial District, San Francisco, CA, UC Davis and UC Irvine Galleries, College of Fine Arts Association
New York Gallery, University of Rochester Gallery

1996
Postcard, Four Walls, San Francisco
Faculty and Student Exhibition, Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center Gallery, UC Davis
Group Show, the Art Gallery, UC Davis Art Department

1995
Thrift Store Project, Del Paso Phantom Gallery, Sacramento