ARTIST:

Peter Coffin

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Peter Coffin
Untitled (Unfinished Hand), 2006
Wood, wire mesh and fittings
270 x 200 x 100cm

Often using art history as a departure point for his surreal reinventions, Peter Coffin’s work engages with pre-conceptions about cultural ideals to challenge established perception and interpretation. Taking the form of a giant hand leaning happy-go-lucky against a plinth, Coffin’s Untitled (Unfinished Hand) humorously personifies the tropes of traditional sculpture. Reconfiguring the idealism of modernist art where material purity and the authority of the artistic gesture were held sacrosanct, Coffin monumentalizes the ‘integrity of the artist’s hand’ in wooden planks and wire mesh – the bare bones stuff of modelling.

Peter Coffin
Around, About Expanded Field (Sculpture Silhouette Props), 2007
Video & mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (G. Anselmo 'Untitled (Structure That Eats Itself)' 1968), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (K. Armitage 'People in the Wind' 1950), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Arp 'Seuil Configuration' 1977), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (G. Bernini 'the Ecstasy of St. Teresa' 1645-1652), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Beuys 'Fat Chair' 1963), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (U. Boccioni 'Unique Forms of Continuity in Space' 1913), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (C. Brancusi 'Endless Column' 1935-38), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Calder 'La Grande Vitesse' 1969), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Caro 'Sculpture Three' 1961), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Cesar 'Cesar's Thumb' 1967), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (L. Clark 'Raw Cubismo' 1969), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Dubuffet 'Group of Four Trees' 1969-72), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Easter Island Head), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Ernst 'Capricorn' 1948), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Giacometti 'Diego' 1960), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (R. Indiana 'Love' 1966), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (Y. Klein 'Blue Sponge' 1959), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Koons 'Rabbit' 1986), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (S. Le Witt 'Incomplete Cube' 1974), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (B. Nauman 'Untitled (Model for Trench Shaft and Tunnel)' 1978), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (L. Nevelson 'Drum' 1976), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (B. Newman 'Broken Obelisk' 1963-69), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (N. de St. Phalle 'Snake Tree' 1964), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Puryear "Lever#3" 1989), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (A. Rodin 'The Thinker' 1880), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (R. Serra 'One ton prop' 1969), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (D. Smith 'Voltri VIII' 1962), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (M. Di Suvero 'Aurora' 1992-1993 ), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (J. Tinguely 'Variation IV' 1966), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop ('Venus of Willendorf' 28,000 BC), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Sculpture Silhouette Prop (P. Voulkos 'Jupiter' 1994), 2007
Mixed media
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Peter Coffin
Untitled (Spiral Staircase), 2007
Aluminum and steel
670.6 x 670.6 x 213.4 cm

Coffin’s Untitled (Spiral Staircase) takes the idea of a simple architectural fitting to an absurd extreme. Reminiscent of Escher’s Infinite Staircase, Coffin’s winding steps are moulded into a circle, inexhaustibly twisting in impossible logic made real. By remodeling the steps, Coffin strips the staircase of its function, turning a thing which is normally engaged with physicality into a dizzying conceptual game. Through his humorous constructions, Coffin bridges art history and everyday experience, subverting the preconceptions of both.

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