Moments Like These by Dan Colen
Published by Karma (2013)
Moments Like These by Dan Colen, who is a contemporary American artist and who’s aesthetic embodies the youth culture that he himself inhabits, features confetti paintings from a series Moments Like This Never Last. Colen began making these paintings in the wake of his friend Dash Snow’s death in 2009. Like the ancient pagan custom of throwing confetti at celebratory events, the paintings are exercises in the precious yet momentary qualities of joy and magic. The paintings exist both as actual Mylar confetti adhered to canvas, and, in this instance, as trompe l’oeil oil paintings. To date, Colen has used trompe l’oeil not only to simulate, but also to elucidate the absurdity and inadequacy of illusion.