The Skeleton Dance

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 on Artsy

2016
Dan Colen: When I'm Gone, Gagosian Gallery, Central, Hong Kong
2014
Dan Colen: Miracle Paintings, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2014
Dan Colen: HELP!, Brant Foundation
2012
Dan Colen: Blowin' in the Wind, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
2011
Dan Colen: Trash, Gagosian Gallery, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Fresh Cuts, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton
2013
The Show is Over, Gagosian Gallery, London

Fair History on Artsy