‘Now-------When’
‘Now-------When’

‘Now-------When’ - 4.5” x 65” - red neon, 2017 [sold]

One of two neon works designed for “Interface,”  my 2017 exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, about the passage of time. The sign above the gallery entrance reads "now ... then" and the sign on the opposite wall, on the interior of the gallery, reads "now... when." I have a history of working with language and signage, with many of my works taking the form of poetic messages.

 

now...then
now...then

‘Now-------When’ - 4.5” x 65” - red neon, 2017 [sold]

One of two neon works designed for “Interface,”  my 2017 exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, about the passage of time. The sign above the gallery entrance reads "now ... then" and the sign on the opposite wall, on the interior of the gallery, reads "now... when." I have a history of working with language and signage, with many of my works taking the form of poetic messages.

The Line
The Line

Steel, sod, and shadow
204" long 
2003

Relative Stranger
Relative Stranger

Ivory neon and chartreuse shadow
14” x 40”  
2008 

Abgeschleppt
Abgeschleppt

Cobalt neon
6' long

A play on words - especially in translation, also a play on actions.  The German word for ‘tow-away zone’ (as in no-parking) also has a slang meaning.  Tow-away is pull-away, or carry-away.  In slang it can mean “to get carried away” – as in having casual sex with a stranger.  As the word and its slang are not my language, it has no embarrassing or inappropriate innuendo for me.  First, I made the word out of string in my handwritingI then pulled each end until it was physically expressive of the meaning and manufactured it in neon. 


2008

Here You Are, Are You Here, You Are Here
Here You Are, Are You Here, You Are Here

Light projection via random Gobo

Museums use tools such as maps and directional signage to orient visitors physically within the space. Coit’s projected installation might reflect a visitor’s disorientation upon arriving at a seeming dead end in the building. It anticipates the museum-goers’ question, “Where am I?” with the rather unhelpful response, “Here you are, are you here, you are here.” Coit’s work acts as a tool to locate the visitor, but with the most ambiguous of directions.

These phrases, a play on three simple words, vary dramatically in tone depending upon the order of the words: one is an affirmation, the next an inquiry, and the third a statement of fact. The projection appears and disappears the way of a fleeting thought. As such, it speaks to the ephemerality of our presence, like a high-tech memento mori.

2007

The Big Bamboo
The Big Bamboo

Text on vintage Venetian blind
48" x 17" x 1"
edition of 3
1999

Lessons (excerpt)
Lessons (excerpt)

Etched plexi, text, shadow 
60" x 25"
1993

Aunt Makey's Seduction Omelette
Aunt Makey's Seduction Omelette

Text on steel pan 
2002

  Initially Self Referent   Printed book with CD of author reading limited edition of 125 2003  listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud:    https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit

Initially
Self
Referent

Printed book with CD of author reading
limited edition of 125
2003

listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit

  Initially Self Referent      listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud:    https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit

Initially
Self
Referent

 

listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit

As We Are Introduced
As We Are Introduced

Text on rusted bell
2002

"I shake hands with you as we are introduced and part of me, with the eyes of a wary six-year-old, stands aside and listens.
Inside my head that six-year-old is asking if you have AIDS.  The child calculates the probabilities of loss as a shape forms within me that fits you only..."

Shredder: An Autobiography
Shredder: An Autobiography

Book of 12 bottles
(being the chapters)
in an aluminum  tray
edition of 20
part of a large multi-media project
2003 - 2010

 

Shredder: Ziplock
Shredder: Ziplock

part of a large multi-media project
2003 - 2010

Claire
Claire

Text installation 

Reversed letters in graphite on wall.
A mirror is used to read it.
1990

Claire (detail)
Claire (detail)

Text installation 

Reversed letters in graphite on wall.
A mirror is used to read it.
1990

Do Not Assume...
Do Not Assume...

Santa Fe Playhouse installation:
Plaques on five consecutive seats
2000

“Do not assume that because I am frivolous that I am shallow, just as I do not assume that because you are grave that you are profound."
Attributed to Rev. Sidney Smith,
English, 1700’s

Do Not Assume (detail)
Do Not Assume (detail)

Santa Fe Playhouse installation:
Plaques on five consecutive seats
2000

“Do not assume that because I am frivolous that I am shallow, just as I do not assume that because you are grave that you are profound."
Attributed to Rev. Sidney Smith,
English, 1700’s

The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows

Coit, seated in the gallery, reads from Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" in unusual locations around town. People see Coit through the vitrine and hear her reading through an external speaker. 

Performance in Axle Contemporary,
Santa Fe
2011

No Sex in the World's Religions
No Sex in the World's Religions

cut book
2004

‘Now-------When’
now...then
The Line
Relative Stranger
Abgeschleppt
Here You Are, Are You Here, You Are Here
The Big Bamboo
Lessons (excerpt)
Aunt Makey's Seduction Omelette
  Initially Self Referent   Printed book with CD of author reading limited edition of 125 2003  listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud:    https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit
  Initially Self Referent      listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud:    https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit
As We Are Introduced
Shredder: An Autobiography
Shredder: Ziplock
Claire
Claire (detail)
Do Not Assume...
Do Not Assume (detail)
The Wind in the Willows
No Sex in the World's Religions
‘Now-------When’

‘Now-------When’ - 4.5” x 65” - red neon, 2017 [sold]

One of two neon works designed for “Interface,”  my 2017 exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, about the passage of time. The sign above the gallery entrance reads "now ... then" and the sign on the opposite wall, on the interior of the gallery, reads "now... when." I have a history of working with language and signage, with many of my works taking the form of poetic messages.

 

now...then

‘Now-------When’ - 4.5” x 65” - red neon, 2017 [sold]

One of two neon works designed for “Interface,”  my 2017 exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, about the passage of time. The sign above the gallery entrance reads "now ... then" and the sign on the opposite wall, on the interior of the gallery, reads "now... when." I have a history of working with language and signage, with many of my works taking the form of poetic messages.

The Line

Steel, sod, and shadow
204" long 
2003

Relative Stranger

Ivory neon and chartreuse shadow
14” x 40”  
2008 

Abgeschleppt

Cobalt neon
6' long

A play on words - especially in translation, also a play on actions.  The German word for ‘tow-away zone’ (as in no-parking) also has a slang meaning.  Tow-away is pull-away, or carry-away.  In slang it can mean “to get carried away” – as in having casual sex with a stranger.  As the word and its slang are not my language, it has no embarrassing or inappropriate innuendo for me.  First, I made the word out of string in my handwritingI then pulled each end until it was physically expressive of the meaning and manufactured it in neon. 


2008

Here You Are, Are You Here, You Are Here

Light projection via random Gobo

Museums use tools such as maps and directional signage to orient visitors physically within the space. Coit’s projected installation might reflect a visitor’s disorientation upon arriving at a seeming dead end in the building. It anticipates the museum-goers’ question, “Where am I?” with the rather unhelpful response, “Here you are, are you here, you are here.” Coit’s work acts as a tool to locate the visitor, but with the most ambiguous of directions.

These phrases, a play on three simple words, vary dramatically in tone depending upon the order of the words: one is an affirmation, the next an inquiry, and the third a statement of fact. The projection appears and disappears the way of a fleeting thought. As such, it speaks to the ephemerality of our presence, like a high-tech memento mori.

2007

The Big Bamboo

Text on vintage Venetian blind
48" x 17" x 1"
edition of 3
1999

Lessons (excerpt)

Etched plexi, text, shadow 
60" x 25"
1993

Aunt Makey's Seduction Omelette

Text on steel pan 
2002

Initially
Self
Referent

Printed book with CD of author reading
limited edition of 125
2003

listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit

Initially
Self
Referent

 

listen to two selections of the author reading on SoundCloud: 

https://soundcloud.com/madelincoit

As We Are Introduced

Text on rusted bell
2002

"I shake hands with you as we are introduced and part of me, with the eyes of a wary six-year-old, stands aside and listens.
Inside my head that six-year-old is asking if you have AIDS.  The child calculates the probabilities of loss as a shape forms within me that fits you only..."

Shredder: An Autobiography

Book of 12 bottles
(being the chapters)
in an aluminum  tray
edition of 20
part of a large multi-media project
2003 - 2010

 

Shredder: Ziplock

part of a large multi-media project
2003 - 2010

Claire

Text installation 

Reversed letters in graphite on wall.
A mirror is used to read it.
1990

Claire (detail)

Text installation 

Reversed letters in graphite on wall.
A mirror is used to read it.
1990

Do Not Assume...

Santa Fe Playhouse installation:
Plaques on five consecutive seats
2000

“Do not assume that because I am frivolous that I am shallow, just as I do not assume that because you are grave that you are profound."
Attributed to Rev. Sidney Smith,
English, 1700’s

Do Not Assume (detail)

Santa Fe Playhouse installation:
Plaques on five consecutive seats
2000

“Do not assume that because I am frivolous that I am shallow, just as I do not assume that because you are grave that you are profound."
Attributed to Rev. Sidney Smith,
English, 1700’s

The Wind in the Willows

Coit, seated in the gallery, reads from Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" in unusual locations around town. People see Coit through the vitrine and hear her reading through an external speaker. 

Performance in Axle Contemporary,
Santa Fe
2011

No Sex in the World's Religions

cut book
2004

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