For his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Coren will present a series of painted panels, the themes of which might be elaborated by the following excerpt of a text called ‘Titles,’ visually shaped in a curve and drawing on descriptions of embarrassment and a reference to 80s soft-rock singer-songwriter Carly Simon’s song Why.
“Red-faced with embarrassment.
Cheeky, cheeky. Naughty, sneaky.
Last night changed it all (I really had a ball).
Always have somebody chasing somebody else.
I don’t want to get over (the sweetest hangover).
“Scintillating syntax,” soothed the solo on the synth sax.
Mischievousness made magical may make modesty more malleable.
Carly Simon’s Why, followed by Carly Simon’s Why, followed by Carly Simon’s Why (again).”
The London-based artist works across “animation, writing, performance and painted marquetry; each media displaying an obvious pleasure in rhythm, rhyme, form, colour, space and negative space.”
See the Seventeen gallery website for details.**