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Peter Coffin

Imaginary Concerts

March 8, 2017 Anthology Editions
Printed Matter
ARC051

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Downtown Los Angeles’s Colby Poster Printing Co. famously churned out their iconic “show print” posters from 1946 until 2012. Peter Coffin’s Imaginary Concerts grew out of experimenting with the print shop’s patent eyeball-attracting inks and exhibiting a series of eighty text-less posters in Colby’s tricolor gradient style, allowing the viewer to “what if…?” imaginary line ups into existence. After displaying the posters worldwide, Coffin enticed a handful of artists, authors, and otherwise daydreamers to depict their wildest concert bills in black letterpress. Published in partnership with Printed MatterImaginary Concerts collects and displays over 70 submissions against the hazy, horizontal color bands encouraging your cranium to creep its deepest concert fantasies.

About the Author: 

Peter Coffin has mounted over thirty solo exhibitions with museums and galleries including the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), The Barbican (London), City Hall Park (New York City), and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco). Coffin’s art can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum, among other institutions. Music looms large in Coffin’s work and mind.

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Downtown Los Angeles’s Colby Poster Printing Co. famously churned out their iconic “show print” posters from 1946 until 2012. Peter Coffin’s Imaginary Concerts grew out of experimenting with the print shop’s patent eyeball-attracting inks and exhibiting a series of eighty text-less posters in Colby’s tricolor gradient style, allowing the viewer to “what if…?” imaginary line ups into existence. After displaying the posters worldwide, Coffin enticed a handful of artists, authors, and otherwise daydreamers to depict their wildest concert bills in black letterpress. Published in partnership with Printed MatterImaginary Concerts collects and displays over 70 submissions against the hazy, horizontal color bands encouraging your cranium to creep its deepest concert fantasies.

About the Author: 

Peter Coffin has mounted over thirty solo exhibitions with museums and galleries including the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), The Barbican (London), City Hall Park (New York City), and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art (San Francisco). Coffin’s art can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum, among other institutions. Music looms large in Coffin’s work and mind.