Dan Colen, ‘Let's have a war’, 2016, Gagosian
Dan Colen, ‘Let's have a war’, 2016, Gagosian
Dan Colen, ‘Let's have a war’, 2016, Gagosian

Image rights: © Dan Colen. Photography by Christopher Burke. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

About Dan Colen

Dan Colen creates mixed-media, sculptural, and painted works that locate interest and magic within the seemingly ordinary and undervalued. Drawing from mass media, local subcultures, and sources such as Walt Disney film stills, he combines the intensity of real life with reflections on the subjects of immanence and belief. His meticulously painted surfaces often replicate scrawls of graffiti, accretions of bird droppings, and absurd slogans on inadvertent monuments and sites, such as in the green-splattered oil painting Bird Shit (2007) and No Sex No War No Me (2006), where the enamel medium resembles spray-painted text. Using debris from the street—ranging from a flip-flop, to paint cans to string—Colen reclaims, scrutinizes, and transforms the everyday object.

American, b. 1979, New Jersey, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

Beverly Hills,
Dan Colen: High Noon
Central, Hong Kong,
Los Angeles,
Dan Colen - Viscera