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One supposes it would be tough to pin down an artist as diverse in style as Peter Coffin, an internationally known master of multi-media whose work plays out in every form, from video to sculpture. But the Aspen Art Museum did: Coffin served as the museum's second Jane and Marc Nathanson Distinguished Artist in Residence, creating a body of work that's anything but stodgy. Of course, we'd expect nothing less from a guy who last year built a 24-foot wide UFO studded with hundreds of flashing LED lights in Gdansk, Poland.
Coffin's well-subsidized show, which opens today, includes a human-scaled nest-in-progress inspired by the male Australian Bowerbird's predilection for building nests lined with blue objects (viewers are invited to add their own blue items and hang out in the nest throughout the run of the show); another gallery is ringed with a series of tri-colored Rothko-esque prints in psychedelic hues. The works will remain on view at AAM, 590 N. Mill Street, Aspen, through July 24, and a reception with the artist takes place on July 16.