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Peter Coffin, Untitled (Unfinished OK Hand), 2012, wood, wire mesh, bolts, screws, 12' 7 1/2“ x 6' 5” x 11' 6".

Peter Coffin

Venus

Peter Coffin, Untitled (Unfinished OK Hand), 2012, wood, wire mesh, bolts, screws, 12' 7 1/2“ x 6' 5” x 11' 6".

In a conversation between Peter Coffin and Maurizio Cattelan published in 2007, Coffin warned against the “tendency to clutter things up, to try and make sure people know something is art, when all that’s necessary is to present it, to leave it alone. I think the hardest thing to do,” he continued, “is to present an idea in the most straightforward way.” Coffin’s recent show at Venus over Manhattan showed the broadly curious Conceptualist practicing what he preaches, but also demonstrated that leaving things too much alone can risk leaving the viewer behind.

The pointedly uncluttered installation featured eight works (all 2012) in video, sculpture, drawing, and sound, as well as a bit of sly architectural intervention, and it contained certain individual moments of interest: Untitled (Dog), a faithfully rendered Great Dane inflated to humorously Brobdingnagian proportions; Untitled

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