Art News: Dan Colen’s First Major Solo Exhibit & Louise Despont ‘House of Instruments’

15 Sep


The Gagosian presents Dan Colen’s first major solo exhibition in New York. This follows his two-part exhibition “I Live There”/“An Allegory of Faith” at Gagosian Gallery Davies Street in 2009 and the surreptitious exhibition “Potty Mouth Potty War” in the bathrooms of Gagosian Gallery West 24th Street in 2006.

Drawing from mass media, local environment, and subculture, Colen’s art imbues the ordinary, the disenfranchised, and the tribal with provocative new status.

Working from personal experience with subjects overlooked or considered rogue and delinquent by art and society, he explores the very essence of dichotomy through risk and affect, juggling immediacy of expression with technical perfection. Read whole article: artdaily


Currently running through October 24, 2010 is Louise Despont‘s exhibition ‘House of Instruments‘, the second New York solo exhibit of Despont’s at the Nicelle Beauchene Gallery.

Moon Face and His Carrier Birds, 2010

Despont continues to explore drawing as abstract meditations, balancing and integrating symbols and forms to link her art to the inscription of narratives and to mystical or literary concerns. Employing and recasting a vocabulary of elements and constructions found within a set of architectural stencils and compasses, the artist renders her drawings on the pages of antique ledger books, with works ranging in scale from one panel to 24 panels.

Amphoras, 2010

Conceiving the exhibition during a year spent traveling in India on a Fulbright Fellowship, Despont has borrowed the geometries of Indian labyrinths, gardens, architecture, vessels and ancient Buddhist and Jain caves to offer balanced forms – particularly masculine and feminine principles—that engage past and present as indicators and provocations. While leaning towards strong poetic and lyrical translations, these drawings unlock a spatial perceptual field to reveal the formal qualities of surface, texture, scale and form.

King and Queen, Day, 2010

King and Queen, Night, 2010

While reinvesting introspection and the metaphysical into tropes of abstraction, Despont’s drawings are notable for their levels of sincerity, intricacy and refinement.

Even in her larger works, the artist evokes an intimate experience with fine lines and subtle hatch marks revealing themselves only when viewed up close. The resulting works, charged with alternative legacies of cultural and personal, confront the binaries of abstraction and figuration through their encoded compositions.

Garden Interior, 2010

Louise Despont received her BA in Art Semiotics at Brown University. She has participated in several group exhibitions including at the Hunterdon Art Museum, New Jersey; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and Foxy Production, New York.

Additionally, the artist will have solo exhibitions at IMO Projects, Copenhagen and Crévecoeur Gallery, Paris this coming year. Despont lives and works in New York City.

1 Response to Art News: Dan Colen’s First Major Solo Exhibit & Louise Despont ‘House of Instruments’



September 16th, 2010 at 8:13 am

I love the Garden Interior piece!

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