Dan Colen - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Victoria Miro, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Victoria Miro, Absent Without Leave,17 February – 17 March, 2007

  • Catalogue Essay

    ...I've made this large series of 62 canvases that I kind of threw paint atin different ways so they end up looking like they are made of bird shit.They vary in size, touch and colour. Some of them look like Pollocks,some look very realistic, others are painterly, some are dumb, someare elegant, some are beautiful....What excites me is the idea ofhypothetical pigeons being the performers, rather than me, so all theshit is the residue of their activity - I don't know if the curator saw it asthat. The antics that the artist Dash Snow and I do is shit and giggles,but while everything about my life is worked into my art, this work isn'tabout mine and Dash's relationship...
    (Dan Colen on the exhibition Absent Without Leave, 17 February – 17March, 2007, Victoria Miro Gallery, taken from www.guardian.co.uk)

  • Artist Biography

    Dan Colen

    American • 1979

    American artist Dan Colen has spent most of his career asking himself questions about the editorial decisions artists have to make when creating a scene from scratch on canvas. In his early work, Colen painted mundane interiors punctuated with fantastical elements. This manifested as part of a growing curiosity in the ethereal or divine intervention.

    Colen subsequently stepped away from paint as material and started using found objects as mediums with which to paint. Among these, Colen has used chewing gum, street trash, confetti, feathers, flowers and dirt. This methodology allows Colen to abandon control and create in a more free-form, subconscious manner.

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Oil on canvas.
101.7 x 76.2 cm. (40 x 30 in).
Signed and dated 'Dan Colen 2007' on the overlap.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £31,250

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 Feb 2009, 2pm