- Dan Colen
- The Space between her Belly Button and her Breast
- titled on the stretcher
- paper, mylar confetti and beva on canvas
Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
The process used to make the confetti works is akin to that employed by Jackson Pollock when creating his legendary ‘Action Paintings,’ in which paint was applied to canvas through energetic gestures rather than with exactingly deliberate intent. With the canvas laid upon a flat surface, Colen throws handfuls of confetti downwards, allowing the material to coalesce and form patterns in a totally arbitrary manner: the resulting intricacy of pattern, colour and texture recalls not only the work of Pollock but also of other Abstract Expressionist artists such as Joan Mitchell. Colen began creating his confetti works following the death of his friend and fellow artist, Dash Snow, in 2009: as a result, the series effectively acts as a form of homage to Snow, with the joyful connotations and brightly variegated colours of the confetti contrasting poignantly with the original impetus for the series.