pp. is common book parlance for "pages" and the name of Peter Coffin's solo exhibition at half gallery. The project was conceived in 2002/2003 and some images from this series of pictures initially debuted at Andrew Kreps Gallery a year later. The photographs foster an engagement inspired by freed associations in contrast to the tradition of conceptual photography, which tends to establish prescribed interpretations and fixed meanings. Here photographs of prismatic light, geometric diagrams, Goethe's color theory charts, travel porn, and tropical drinks are documented—shot from a copy stand and reproduced at 1:1 scale—but sourced without the fuss of expressivity from the act of reproduction itself. Nothing is clearly told or concealed in Coffin’s images, no particular things are demonstrated. However; in recognizing the work’s designed ambiguity, we are prompted to look afresh at the world. Unlike the Pictures Generation that actively critiqued the burgeoning mass media of 60s and 70s American culture, Coffin's absence of assertion a few decades later – and again now in the context of an information-saturated culture of Big Data – gives it an anachronistic quality less prevalent in earlier examples of re-photography. It turns it into a posture of genuine inquiry.
This exhibition marks Peter Coffin's first solo project in New York on the heels of his museum survey "Here & There" at The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. last summer. The exhibition is accompanied by a monograph with a text by Abraham Orden.
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