David Colman: Coloring


Jane Stubbs and Eerdmans Fine Art are pleased to announce Coloring, a series of new work by artist David Colman.  

Coloring explores the artist’s interest in the intersection of aesthetics and nostalgia through color theory and composition.  The artist is currently focused on making and showing assemblages that probe and play with the mechanics of taste, sex, identity and nostalgia.
Colman states:“I love to poke around with slippery dualities we hold dear, like the notion that painting a canvas is profound while painting a house is superficial. I love a great painting, but I also love losing myself in a tableful of paint chips and dreaming how a new apartment or space can look and feel, that realm of potential.

“To inhabit this fantasy, I created a color system reminiscent of paint chips and the ways paint and paper lines are marketed and used by designers.  The palette is inspired by master colorists such as Giorgio Morandi, Agnes Martin, Ben Nicholson, Ad Reinhardt, Hans Hoffman, George Braque, and Picasso. The system is constructed around three basic building blocks (steel, burlap and magnets). I also used my aesthetic building blocks of taste, nostalgia and escapism.”

Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, David Colman studied studio art at the Rhode Island School of Design and English literature and art history at Brown University.

After years of a prolific journalism career contributing to the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the Wall Street Journal, Colman recently debuted his studio art practice. In 2010, Colman was asked by MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach to team up with the Visionaire editor Cecilia Dean to curate and produce MOVE! at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, an art-fashion participatory performance event. Colman and Dean produced MOVE! again in Sao Paulo in 2013 and New York in 2015.  The artist is also working on a book that explores the tense inter-relationships of creativity, culture, sexuality and evolution.