Dan Colen Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Dan Colen
Untitled (Vete al Diablo)


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.
Dan Colen
Rama Lama Ding Dong


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


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.
Dan Colen
Life Marijuana


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
Dan Colen


Oil on canvas 19 parts

Dimensions variable

Dan Colen's Biography

Dan Colen

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


Peanuts, Museum Of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway

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

I live There... Gagosian Gallery, London

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Bridge Freezes Before Road, Barbara Gladstone Gallery