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

2007

Video & mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Easter Island Head)

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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

2007

mixed media

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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.

OTHER RESOURCES

artfacts.net
Additional information on Peter Coffin

andrewkreps.com - It Chooses You- Peter Coffin exhibition
"The world is full of objects, more or less interesting. I do not wish to add anymore."
-Douglas Huebler
Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present Peter Coffin's It Chooses You, the artist's second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show is a conceptual installation of photographs and sculpture.

andrewkreps.com
Images and additional information on Peter Coffin

greenmuseum.org - Perfect If On
A greenhouse installed inside the gallery is a performance space in which musicians and sound artists communicate with plants. In this work, no attempt is made to validate the evidence that exists to support the phenomenon that plants respond to music, rather the performers are there simply to engage intuitively with the plants. A soundtrack designed for the plants' enjoyment plays when performers are not interacting directly with the installation.

wps1.org - Music for Plants: Peter Coffin's Record Release Party
Peter Coffin's CD, Music for Plants, is a compilation, recorded live and includes a variety of realizations of the title concept. His release party on Sunday, May 8, 2005 at the 6th Street and Avenue B Community Garden featured playback on a beatbox soundsystem, spiked punch and an assembled group of mellowed, introspective friends and passersby. WPS1's Jeannie Hopper wandered the grounds and collected assorted reflections.

the-artists.org
Additional information.