Hong Kong - Exhibition

Dan Colen: When I’m Gone

Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong

21 Mar 201613 May 2016

Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong presents an exhibition of new flower paintings by Dan Colen. Titled, “When I’m Gone“, this will be the first major solo exhibition of the New York-based artist’s work in Hong Kong, as well as Asia. 

From the outset, Dan Colen’s paintings continually investigate: to what extent does art come from the artist, and to what extent does it arise from forces independent of the artist? In his earliest paintings, Colen labored over precise oil renderings of banal interiors—a sloppy apartment bathroom, an adolescent bedroom, a camping tent—into which he introduced the presence of the supernatural—the Blue Fairy, Jesus Christ, twinkling cherubs, his deceased grandfather. He describes the subsequent series of Candle paintings as “portraits of God.” In these works, the space of the canvas contains the space of Geppetto’s worktable—where Pinocchio transcends his materiality to become real—and a message appears in the smoke left by a just-extinguished candle flame.

In 2006, Colen started to make paintings with chewing gum instead of paint, ushering in a long period during which he traded representational subject matter for an exploration of the medium itself. Using flowers, dirt, grass, tar and feathers, Mylar confetti, street trash, and readymade metal studs, he relinquished his controlling approach to painting, instead allowing the final result to be guided in large part by the behavior of the given material. He commented that he found the loss of control exciting, as if the paintings were taking on “inevitable forms—almost like destined forms.”

  • Dan Colen working on a flower painting. Courtesy Dan Colen StudioDan Colen working on a flower painting. Courtesy Dan Colen Studio
  • Dan Colen working on a flower painting. Courtesy Dan Colen StudioDan Colen working on a flower painting. Courtesy Dan Colen Studio
  • Dan Colen, Flower painting. Courtesy Dan Colen StudioDan Colen, Flower painting. Courtesy Dan Colen Studio

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Special Events

Destination: Hong Kong
Where: Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong
Type: Opening
Admission: Free

With the artist

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
tue, wed, thu, fri, sat 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon, sun

ADMISSION:
Free

ESTABLISHED:
2011

SPACE:
483 m2

OWNER/DIRECTOR:
Gagosian Larry, Simunovic Nick


T: +852 2151 0555 M: hongkong@gagosian.com W: Gagosian Gallery