it is, "what is it?".

April 7 - May 6, 2006

it is, "what is it?". is a group show that integrates works by all of the gallery's fifteen represented artists, organized around Peter Coffin's Untitled (Della Robia), a line of window box planters that goes around the circumference of the gallery, hung at eye level. The other artists' works are hung throughout the space, allowing the line of planters to act as a framing device, much like a window box in a window, or a plant that functions as a border in an illustration.

Works such as Jonah Freeman's image of buildings collaged into an imagined dystopic megastructure and Klaus Weber's model for a psychoactive mirrored hotel function within this effected space. In the center of the gallery, Cary Leibowitz's Oprah For President mugs create an absurd pop-cultural giveaway; visitors are encouraged to take a mug with them. Juan Céspedes, who resides in Chile, has also contemplated a pop culture icon by scratching the Hollywood sign into photos he took of a hill in Santiago.

While Coffin's installation surrounds the gallery, Ricci Albenda's suite of six "diptych." paintings delineate "cyclidromes" (words whose letters move through the alphabet in a circle) and employ Albenda's alphabetic colorization system. The Artist has created six small paintings (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple) on panel, each with the word "diptych." painted on it in the artist's own font, infusing the space with the vibration of his signature spectral wordplay.

it is, "what is it?". also includes work by Daniel Bozhkov, Roe Ethridge, Uwe Henneken, Jamie Isenstein, Ján Mancuska, Robert Melee, Ruth Root, Lawrence Seward, Cheyney Thompson, and Hayley Tompkins.


The exhibition will be on view from April 7th to May 6th, 2006. A reception will be held for the artists at the gallery on April 7th from 6 - 8 PM at 525 West 22nd Street, New York City. For information call 212-741-8849.

 

It Chooses You

September 9–October 16, 2004

"The world is full of objects, more or less interesting. I do not wish to add anymore."
-Douglas Huebler

Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present Peter Coffin's It Chooses You, the artist's second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show is a conceptual installation of photographs and sculpture.

While Coffin's previous work invoked new age theory and pseudo science to question the way we view reality, It Chooses You pursues ideas endemic to the mental and psychological landscape. The show is in part a study of modernism, taking it from exclusivity and elitism, and rendering it playful and informal. Through abstractions of invisible thought processes and reinterpretations of iconic artworks, the artist invites a dialogue which considers the interplay of interpretation, memory and association.

It Chooses You also deals with the anatomy of an idea, illustrating that thoughts and ideas are parallel worlds unto themselves. A neon light sculpture follows the movement of an idea from the moment a synapse connects to its articulation. A painted bronze sculpture interweaves Brancusi's endless column with the children's fable of Jack and the Beanstalk. Photographs of open books, their images captured and taken out of context, ask us to imagine a context for them. The open books are often photographed together, encouraging us to create our own associations of disparate images without being led to a conclusion by the artist.

These media, considered both individually and interactively within the installation, are a catalyst for unstructured creative interpretation and a meditation on the language of ideas.

The exhibition will be on view from September 9 to October 16 2004. A reception will be held for the artist in the gallery on October 9 from 6 - 8 PM at 516 West 20th St., New York City. For information call 212-741-8849.

 

Perfect If On

March 23-April 20, 2002

The Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present Perfect If On, the first solo exhibition in New York of work by Peter Coffin. Through investigating the paranormal, Coffin's work encourages the viewer to negotiate alternative modes of consciousness and acknowledge the subjectivity of science.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a greenhouse installed inside the gallery as a performance space in which musicians and sound artists communicate with plants. In this work, no attempt is made to validate the evidence that already exists to support the phenomenon that plants respond to music. Rather the performers are there simply to engage intuitively with the plants. A calendar at the entrance of the gallery lists scheduled performances. A soundtrack designed for the plants' enjoyment plays when performers are not interacting directly with the installation.

Around the gallery are a series of portraits, unframed photographs of auras, resting on shelves like specimens displayed in a laboratory. The photographs are taken with a specialized Polaroid camera developed to capture auric color fields. The subjects of the auras have been removed so that only the color fields that comprise the auras remain. These photographs give substance to that which is normally invisible.

Lining the walls behind the aura photographs is a red marker drawing that resembles a flow chart. The drawing was made in the spirit of automatic drawing as a sub-conscious channel. Like the aura photographs, the wall drawing also gives substance to the invisible, in this case telepathy itself.

Perfect If On will be on view from March 23 - April 20, 2002. A reception will be held for the artist in the gallery on March 23, 6-8 pm at 516 West 20th St., New York City. For information call 212-741-8849.