At the core of Dan Colen’s exhibition Psychic Slayer is an idea of a space that barely exists and is even harder to grasp and engage with: the space that bridges life and death.
A bridge between two states of being – partly existential and reflective due to the promise of an impending demise, but also magical in the sense that this is a space where virtually anything is possible.
Dan Colen (b 1979) is an artist based in New York. His work consists of painted sculptures appropriating low-cultural ephemera, graffiti-inspired paintings of text executed in paint, and installations. Colen’s works consits of a variety of abstract and traditional imagery with rebellious, religious, fantastical and in some ways offensive undertones.
Colen graduated with a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001
Colen’s work has been exhibited at galleries including Deitch Projects, Gagosian Gallery and Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York, Peres Projects in Berlin, and OHWOW in Los Angeles. He has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including “Potty Mouth, Potty War, Pot Roast, Pot is a Reality Kick” at Gagosian Gallery in New York, “USA Today” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the 2006 Whitney Biennal in New York, “Fantastic Politics” at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Olslo and “No Me” at Peres Projects in Berlin. “Peanuts,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2011); “In Living Color,” FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2012); “Meanwhile...Suddenly and then,” 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013); “Dan Colen: The Illusion of Life,” Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2013) and “Dan Colen: Help Will Come” The Brant Foundation (2013)
Dan Colen | filmed by Out of Sync | NYC March 2015
Interview | Jesper Bundgaard
Camera and edit | Per Henriksen
Producer | Out of Sync
Artworks courtesy | Dan Colen | HEART Museum
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