Peter Coffin, Untitled (Powers of Ten), 2015, mixed media, 13 1/4 × 68 3/4 × 84 1/4".

Peter Coffin

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Peter Coffin, Untitled (Powers of Ten), 2015, mixed media, 13 1/4 × 68 3/4 × 84 1/4".

Just in time for summer, American artist Peter Coffin had set up a picnic that was more than simply a pleasurable break from routine: It was a conceptual excursion into alternative realities. Scattered across overlapping blankets on the floor was the typical picnic gear with (mostly) fake food, an embroidered mirror cushion, and a pair of reading glasses, as well as journals and books from the fields of physical science that Coffin tends to reference in his multidisciplinary practice. With the journals dating to the 1970s, Untitled (Powers of Ten), 2015, was a precise re-creation of the picnic from the 1977 film by Charles and Ray Eames in which the designers illustrated—by zooming out vertically from a couple sprawled on picnic blankets all the way to the edge of the universe and then zooming back in and all the way down to subatomic particles—the relative scale of

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