greg colson, dutch consumption, 2002, 100 x 100 x 2,2 cm
wall pieces, drawings and etchings
we are happy to let you know that greg colson has been working in amsterdam this summer during a residency of six weeks, in order to prepare for a solo show at art affairs, that opened september 7 and can be seen until october 3.
born 1956 in seattle, colson had his training in california. we met in los angeles and were impressed by his conceptual way of going about his artwork, which is related to actuality in themes and is expressed in a very contemporary way.
he has had exhibitions throughout europe and the united states, a.o. gian enzo sperone in rome, galleria cardi in milan, konrad fischer in dusseldorf, griffin contemporary in venice/california, angles gallery in santa monica and sperone westwater in new york.
in amsterdam colson will make new works and drawings related to the city.
he will also show colour etchings of "pie chart" images based on surveys of various societal behavior. subjects include "activities while driving" and a breakdown of u.f.o. observations, titled simply "observed shapes."
ken johnson writes in the new york times: "with deadpan wit, greg colson addresses our modern need to bring order to chaos. each of his round, retro-style "pie chart" paintings is just that: a pie chart of neatly lettered and illustrated sections representing the results of some quasi-scientific survey found in a newspaper or magazine."
whereas robert evren wrote in colsonīs catalogue: in the pie charts [..] one has to wonder whether or not these schemes corrrespond to certain deep-seated feelings colson may have about the world and his place in it.
as a geometric form, the circle is above all an image of wholeness and unity. it is a given. a circle is self-sufficient and never accidental.
things exist either inside or outside of it. when it is broken, we experience anxiety and the urgent need to repair it."