Made over the course of six years, each of Dan Colen's eleven Candle paintings serially revisit the same frame of Walt Disney's animated film, Pinocchio, of a candle smoldering on Gepetto's workbench. Exploiting the forced naivety of such "family-friendly" images and their potential for subliminal rupture, Colen inserts sardonic expressions into the candle's coils of smoke, rendering this saccharine image into one that acerbically confronts the allegorical potential of an extinguished flame. Includes an essay by Neville Wakefield.
11 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches (29 x 23.5 cm)
cloth-bound hardcover with dust jacket
43 pages, 11 color illustrations
Gagosian Gallery, 2010