From the DS Archives: Dan Colen

Each Sunday we reach deep into the DailyServing Archives to unearth an old feature that we think needs to see the light of day. This week we found a feature of artist Dan Colen’s piece Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future). If you have a favorite feature that you think should be published again, simply email us at and include DS Archive in the subject line.

Originally published on April 19, 2007


“Secrets and Cymbals, Smoke and Scissors (My Friend Dash’s Wall in the Future)” is work by conceptual artist Dan Colen that is a life-size recreation of the interior wall of the late Dash Snow. In Colen’s version, each element attached to the wall — every sticker, newspaper, photo and hand-written note — has been illusionistically painted by the artist. Colen extends this process of painting into other works that equally underscore value in the mundane and familiar through his painstakingly realist application. Colen is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (2001). Recently, the artist exhibited “No Me” with the Peres Projects in Berlin and the work above with the Deitch Projects in New York. Notable group exhibitions include “Fantastic Politics” at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, Norway, and USA Today at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.