Executed in 2011, TBT
is a sequence of four works from American artist Dan Colen's steel studs series. Spanning four canvases are geometric constellations of scintillating steel studs that reference simultaneously the mundane and the divine, evoking the motions and contours of drizzling raindrops, splashing waterfalls, sloping hill sides and calm horizons. While Colen is perhaps best known for his exuberant chewing gum and confetti paintings or his infamous provocative post-pop phase in the early 2000s, the present work is markedly more elegant and contemplative. More restrained in composition and controlled in methodology, the present work is nevertheless a continuation of Colen's quest to harness the full potential of artistic expression inherent to his chosen medium with minimal artistic intervention. Interchangeable between a painting and a sculpture, TBT
reveals a formal poetry of abstract composition whilst emanating a sense of pristine tranquillity that taps into the seductive vitality of prosaic objects.
Born in 1979, Dan Colen is a New York-based artist whose work was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 12th Biennale de Lyon in 2013. Selected public collections that feature his works include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, Miami; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.