Petah Coyne "Vermilion Fog"

Galerie Lelong

poster for Petah Coyne "Vermilion Fog"

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Galerie Lelong presents 20 striking new sculptures by Petah Coyne in Vermilion Fog, an exhibition divided into two parts--Dante's Inferno and Unforgiven, allusions to literature and film that loosely frame the works by themes of loss, chaos, and redemption. Vermilion Fog is a monumental exhibition for the artist known for her use of diverse materials in large works whose grace and fragility belie their immense weight and arduous process.

The 25-year career of Petah Coyne has been one of constant and pervasive reinvention--the reinvention of her own working practices, of unconventional materials and their innate characteristics, of the delineations of figuration and abstraction. Coyne's alchemic sensibilities have led her to adopt and interweave disparate and seemingly inflexible materials such as tree roots, sand, human hair, scrap metal, silk flowers, Velcro, religious statuary, and taxidermy. The labor-intensive works that result are both obsessively precise and wildly untamed. After all of her hoarding, hoisting, piling, wrestling, and encasing, Coyne's creation is imbued with a restless energy that develops a life of its own.

[Image: Petah Coyne "Untitled #1180 (Beatrice)" (2003-08) Silk flowers, wax cast statuary, taxidermy animals, taxidermy birds, thread, silk/rayon velvet, felt, tree branches, tree bark, driftwood, specially formulated wax, pearl-headed hat pins, black spray paint, pigment, plywood, wood, metal hardware, chicken wire fencing, wire, cable, cable bolts, 136 x 116 x 104 in.]



from October 24, 2008 to December 13, 2008

Reception For The Artist on 2008-10-24 from 18:00 to 20:00


Petah Coyne

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