Dan Colen, ‘Memory Motel’, 2011, Gagosian

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

Exhibition Highlights

2016
Central, Hong Kong,
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at Seattle Art Fair 2015

Solo Shows

2016
Central, Hong Kong,
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
M&Ms
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
Available Studs
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
Shake the Elbow: Albright Knox Art Gallery, NY
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
The...Long...Count...: Walter de Maria Building, NY
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
JCrews
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
Flower Paintings
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
Gum Paintings

Group Shows

2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel Miami Beach 2015
2015
Gagosian - Freja Harrell, 
New York,
Miami Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy, 
Gagosian - Rysia Murphy at Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Lidia Andich, 
Seattle,
Seattle Art Fair 2015
2015
Gagosian - Jason Ysenburg, 
NY,
Art Basel 2015
2015
Gagosian - Sam Orlofsky, 
New York,
Basel 2015
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