Dan Colen Rama Lama Ding Dong

Dan Colen
Rama Lama Ding Dong

2006

enamel, and moulding paste on wood

134.6 x 101.6cm

Dan Colen’s text paintings, such as Rama Lama Ding Dong, are a practical response to his time consuming realist work. Quickly scrawled in spray paint over plywood boards which are built up with sanded layers of moulding base and acrylic, they retain a tension between immediacy of expression and perfection of surface. Spelling out song lyrics, random thoughts, or absurd slogans Colen’s texts create a form of urban poetry, conjuring effete images through word association and bereft aesthetics. Often times Colen hand-renders these works, creating the effect of aerosol through painstaking brush technique.

I love this work. I love art that is different and doesn't make sense that it seems like the concept is inferior.

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