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Chris  Collins Emanate _2
Emanate #2
- Found object and copper leaf , 2015
21 x 15 x 21 in
CALL FOR PRICE

Chris Collins finds inspiration in the expansive desert wastes surrounding Santa Fe, scouring the landscape for the detritus that people donate to the environment:  tin cans, cartridge boxes, oil drums, signs, automobile parts, and other flotsam and jetsam.  Scoured by the elements and ‘transformed’ by the desire to shoot at things, Collins rescues these cast-off objects for a higher purpose.  With a sculptor’s eye he identifies an underlying aesthetic and while respecting nature’s patination, begins to introduce his own hand through the application of gold, silver and copper leaf.  The resultant works possess a glow that appears to shine from within – a sardine tin becomes a gold ingot and a discarded sheet of iron roofing is transformed into a free-floating abstract composition.  Barrel hoops, cast loose from the staves that have long since disappeared into the desert soil, turn into gestural arabesques suspended in space.  There is quite a bit of alchemy in the process.

Collins received his BFA in painting from the University of Montevallo, Alabama and his MFA in sculpture at the Memphis College of Art, Tennessee.  He is currently on the faculty of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

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David Richard Gallery providing exposure for contemporary artists
Albuquerque Journal
September 9, 2016
Jackie Jadrnak / Journal North Reporter

Friday, September 9, 2016
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Saturday, June 4, 2016
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March 25, 2016
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ARTSmart’s “Art of Home Tour”

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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Holiday Group Show
Friday, December 2, 2016 - Saturday, December 31, 2016
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Saturday, October 15, 2016
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Emanate #2
Found object and copper leaf   2015
21 x 15 x 21 in
Call For Price
COLC8877
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Artifact (Pair)
Found Object and 23k gold   2015
3 x 4 x 2.5 in

COLC10654
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Found object and copper leaf   2016
10 x 9 x 10 in

COLC10655
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Found Object and 23k gold   2015
3 x 3 x 4 in

COLC10653
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Discard #1
Found object and Copper   2015
10 x 15 x 4 in
Call For Price
COLC8850
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Discard #8
Copper gilded steel   2016
22.25 x 9.25 x 2 in
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COLC9362
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Discard 12
Found object and copper leaf   2016
18 x 11 x 7 in

COLC10657
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Found object and copper leaf   2016
5 x 12 x 2.5 in
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COLC10658
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Found object and copper leaf   2016
19 x 12 x 4 in
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COLC10659
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Found object and copper leaf   2016
27 x 24 x 9 in
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Found object and copper leaf   2016
13 x 9 x 6 in
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COLC10661
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Found object and copper leaf   2016
11 x 11 x 4 in
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COLC10662
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Found object and copper leaf   2016
26 x 13 x 4 in
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COLC10663
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Discard 3
Found object and copper leaf   2015
9 x 10 x 2 in

COLC10656
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Drum
Found object and copper leaf   2016
16 x 16 x 7 in
Call For Price
COLC10664
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Drum 1
Copper gilded steel   2016
28 x 25.5 x 23 in
Call For Price
COLC9366
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Gestural Study #2
Copper gilded steel   2016
36 x 84 x 4.5 in
Call For Price
COLC10122
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Gesture Study
Copper gilded steel   2016
36 x 100 x 12 in
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COLC9367
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Helium Tank
24k gilded steel   2016
16 x 13.5 x 8.5 in
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COLC10123
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Knot #1
Copper gilded steel   2016
25 x 12 x 7 in
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COLC9370
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Knot #2
Copper gilded steel   2016
19 x 10 x 7.75 in
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COLC9371
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Knot #3
Copper gilded steel   2016
30 x 5 x 1.25 in
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COLC9372
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Knot #4
Copper gilded steel   2016
18.5 x 11 x 2.5 in
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COLC9373
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Oil Can
Copper gilded steel   2016
14 x 14 x 5 in
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COLC10124
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Chris  Collins

Chris Collins

Chris Collins Description

Chris Collins finds inspiration in the expansive desert wastes surrounding Santa Fe, scouring the landscape for the detritus that people donate to the environment:  tin cans, cartridge boxes, oil drums, signs, automobile parts, and other flotsam and jetsam.  Scoured by the elements and ‘transformed’ by the desire to shoot at things, Collins rescues these cast-off objects for a higher purpose.  With a sculptor’s eye he identifies an underlying aesthetic and while respecting nature’s patination, begins to introduce his own hand through the application of gold, silver and copper leaf.  The resultant works possess a glow that appears to shine from within – a sardine tin becomes a gold ingot and a discarded sheet of iron roofing is transformed into a free-floating abstract composition.  Barrel hoops, cast loose from the staves that have long since disappeared into the desert soil, turn into gestural arabesques suspended in space.  There is quite a bit of alchemy in the process.

Collins received his BFA in painting from the University of Montevallo, Alabama and his MFA in sculpture at the Memphis College of Art, Tennessee.  He is currently on the faculty of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

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