Graham Collins: Park Slope Food Coop XII

Graham Collins utilizes a combination of sourced and found materials that range from discarded paintings to car window tinting. In his tinted wall pieces, Collins focuses on the supporting cast of artworks, including gnarled and damaged reclaimed wood, which border a glass facade sheathed in unusually distressed window tint, leaving the encased monochrome canvases an afterthought.






Spray enamel on canvas, reclaimed wood, glass and window tint




Graham Collins: Park Slope Food Coop XII

Focussing on the conditions and structures of production, Collins’ practice highlights the physicality of the works beyond his own hand, thereby denying the idea of a visible author. The techniques Collins employs are generic yet carried out within very specific delineations of his practice allowing the artwork a gentle resistance of definition and questioning of context and acknowledging many of the issues surrounding contemporary art production and re-emphasising the individual creative act.

Graham Collins ’ practice is both highly subjective and staggeringly hands-on. Permeating his works is a very present reality made available through GrahamCollins ’ employment of recycled, or rather, revived materials. For Collins, using others’ artworks is a means of salvaging and reinvigorating others ideas, by which he can ascertain and infuse his own artistic license. His works are refreshingly simple and, also, poignant for the fact that he not only conveys aesthetic consciousness or proprietary ego, as he does not feel a level of authorship, rather, his works posit varying levels of partnership.

About Collins:

Graham Collins was born in 1980 in Washington, D.C. and received his MFA from Bard College in 2010. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been included in group shows at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Derek Eller Gallery, New York, West Street Gallery, New York, Tät, Berlin, and most recently, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, among others. Collins’ solo exhibitions include “V8” at Halsey McKay, East Hampton, New York (2013); and “Shade Tree” at Soloway, Brooklyn, New York (2012).

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