Posted on: Monday, July 16, 2007
Peter Coffin's current solo exhibit, 'Tree Pants', now on view at The New York Horticultural Society, provides a tongue-in-cheek peek at the frequency with which we 'anthropomorphize' natural forms or unsuspecting species. Jodie Vicenta Jacobsen, the exhibit's curator, has done an exquisite job of transplanting the gorgeous photographic images of Coffin's site-specific 'Tree Pants' series previously created during a range of seasons at Wanas Sculpture Park in Malmo, Sweden.
The custom pants or jeans were produced by the artist in conjunction with Levi Strauss & Co. and play on the notion that our everyday perspective and relationship to nature is often ridiculously anthropomorphic, illogical, and down-right stupid as well.
Accompanying the installation of photographic images is a naked dried sunflower sculpture wearing miniature pants, too humorous and quirky for words. The gallery also has two glass cases on display featuring ideas and studies for Coffin's forthcoming (spring 2008) 'Untitled Plant Book' to be produced in conjunction with The New York Horticultural Society (NYHS), The Precipice Alliance, 2x4 design studio, and his summer 2008 shows at Andrew Kreps Gallery and again at NYHS. The proposed book images are artfully laid out and arranged like psychedelic leaves on a forgotten forest floor.
The above images were taken by Abigail Doan at NYHS in July, 2007.
The depiction of the materials for the forthcoming,'Untitled Plant Book' are photographs taken of one of the display cases on view.