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Chris  Collins Emanate _2
Emanate #2
- Found object and copper leaf , 2015
21 x 15 x 21 in
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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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¡Colores! featuring Chris Collins
Saturday, June 4, 2016
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Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo
March 25, 2016
Michael Abatemarco

Friday, March 25, 2016
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Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Saturday, June 24, 2017
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Found object and copper leaf   2015
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Found Object and 23k gold   2015
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Found LCD screen   2017
27.5 x 48 in
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Found object and Copper   2015
10 x 15 x 4 in
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Copper gilded steel   2016
22.25 x 9.25 x 2 in
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26 x 13 x 4 in
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Monoprint   2017
30 x 22.5 in
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30 x 22.5 in
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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.

Chris Collins Statement

As far back as I can remember, I have been a collector of things.  From rocks and insects as a child, to boxes of broken technological objects today, I have been attracted to objects that inspire curiosity and wonder.  Over time, my artistic practice has utilized this process of collecting and re-presenting.  I choose objects according to their use, form, and context.  In many instances, these found objects are molded, sometimes altered, and then reproduced into a new contextually suitable material. 

It is the process of collection in itself that fuels my conceptual understanding of the object.  My current work examines the following questions by dealing with themes of technology and the passage of time:  How will the objects of our daily lives define us through the lens of history?  What will citizens of the future think of our legacy of things?  What objects will ultimately represent us?  Will our technological objects define our culture, and perhaps be its greatest mystery?  The objects I create put forth a possible future history.

Chris Collins Resumé

Education

2005   M.F.A. Studio Art: Sculpture   Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

2002   B.F.A. Painting    University of Montevallo,  Montevallo, AL

 

Exhibitions

2016

Alcoves 16/7, curated by Merry Scully, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Art Project, part 2,  David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Mettle, Offroad Productions, curated by Adam Rosen, Santa Fe, NM

Wilderness Acts, Leonora Curtain Wetland Preserve, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

AHA Festival of Progressive Arts, exhibiting artist, Santa Fe Railyard, NM

Dallas Art Fair, David Richard Gallery, Dallas, TX

New Baroque - The Imperfect Pearl, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Objects of Satisfaction, curated by M. Coleman, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

The Readymade: 100 Years, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Disappearance, curated by Heather Knudson, Cinnabar, San Antonio, TX

Artbank, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

Industrial Strength Santa Fe, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2015

Means to an End, solo exhibition, Phil Space, Santa Fe, NM

X Contemporary Art Fair,  Art Shape Mammoth, Miami, FL

The Land Mark Show, juried by Grace Kook-Anderson, Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

AMOA Biennial - 600: Sculpture, juried by Leigh Arnold, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX

Common Ground, Santa Fe Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

reLaunch, Offroad Productions, curated by Cyndi Conn, Santa Fe, NM

Axle Indoors, Peters Projects,  curated by Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

My Spirit Animal, Santa Fe Collective, Santa Fe, NM

Socialight, Baca Art Projects, Santa Fe, NM

2014

Relics, private solo exhibition, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Embedded Stories, Freeform, Santa Fe, NM

Deconstructing Coyote, GF Contemporary, curated by Eileen Braziel, Santa Fe, NM

Fresh 2014, South Bay Contemporary, juried by Mat Gleason, Rolling Hills Estates, CA

Economologies, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Used, Gallery ZIPP, Glorieta, NM

Given Form, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO

People Like Us, 555, Santa Fe, NM

Exuberant Politics, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA

Four, Driftwood Salon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013

Monkeywrenched, Albuquerque Contemporary Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

Systematic Devotion, Crane Arts, curated by John Margraff and Candace Karch, Philadelphia, PA

Blue, Offroad Productions, curated by Jennifer Joseph, Santa Fe, NM

Beast!, Philspace, curated by Tim Jag, Santa Fe, NM

Iron Tribe Exhibit, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

2012

Market Value, GF Contemporary, curated by Chuck Zimmer, Santa Fe, NM

N2NM Exchange, Santa Fe Farmers Market pavilion, Santa Fe, NM

AHA Festival, Railyard park, Santa Fe, NM

Omega Mart, Meow-Wolf Collective, Santa Fe, NM

Embracing Art X, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, AL

2011

Shelter Skelter, solo exhibition, L2kontemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Iron Tribe Art Exhibit, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

Heaven and Hell, Santa Fe Community College Gallery, curated by David Solomon SF, NM

2010

The Rapture Project, Collaborative project with Jennifer Joseph, Launchprojects, Santa Fe, NM

Game Play, Osborne Family Gallery, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

Wee Bitty Things, Space Camp Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN

Frenzy III, Strange Beasts, 1st Street Gallery, Trinidad, CO

Heart This, 14 Artists Take on Valentines’ Day, Jay Etkin Gallery, Santa Fe NM

2009

Bah-humbug, 12 Artist Take on Christmas, GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

Diverse Propositions, Zane Bennett Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Un 2, William Shearburn Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Power and Control, featured alumni exhibition, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

Sense and Sexuality, 1st Street Gallery, Trinidad, CO

Embracing Art XII, Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur, AL

 2008

Eye Candy, Tesuque Village Market curated by Cyndi Conn, Tesuque, NM

Dangerous to Wear, Cruz Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Boys and Their Toys, Salon Margraff curated by Jennifer Joseph, Tesuque, NM

Sculpture, Salon Margraff, Tesuque, NM

Occupying Forces, Adams State College, curated by Mark Sax, Alamosa, CO

 2007

May exhibition, Salon Margraff, Tesuque, NM

 2006

Summer Synestesia, Synarts, Birmingham, AL

Memphis College of Art 70th Anniversary Alumni Show, Memphis, TN

Bi-State Art Competition, ,Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS

2005  

21st Annual West Alabama Juried Show, Bama Theater, Tuscaloosa, AL

National Open Exhibition 2005, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA

A National View at Grandview, Atlanta Artist Center, Atlanta, GA

Local Artist Exhibit 2005, Studio 1688, Memphis TN

In the Clearing:  MFA Group Show, On the Street, Memphis, TN

Birmingham's Best Young Artists, Schedler-Minchin Fine Art, Birmingham, AL

Exhibition South, Tennessee Valley Art Center, Tuscumbia, AL

Bi-State Art Competition,  Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS

Memphis College of Art Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Memphis, TN

2004

Progressive Art Show, Lugar Foundry and Gallery, Arlington, TN

Horn Island 20, Group Exhibition, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

E-Z Storage, Group Exhibition, Memphis, TN

Selected Graduate Exhibition,  Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Graduate Group Exhibition, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

2003  

Graduate Group Exhibition, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN

Spring Birmingham Arts Association Members Show,  BAA Gallery, AL

2002

BFA Group Exhibition, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL

Winter Birmingham Arts Association Members Show, BAA Gallery, AL

Fall Birmingham Arts Association Juried Show, BAA Gallery, AL

 

Press

¡Colores!, PBS New Mexico, KNME-TV, June 4, 2016, http://www.newmexicopbs.org/productions/colores/june-4-2016/

Border Crossing, THE Magazine, Diane Armitage, Feb/Mar 2016

Art Beat Radio, interview, 2/28/15, with Kathryn Davis on KVSF 101.5, Santa Fe, NM

Deconstructing Coyote:  Thanksgiving in the Southwest, THE Magazine, Kathryn M. Davis, Dec/Jan 14/15

Totem Polemics:  Unmasking the mystique of the howling coyote, Santa Fe New Mexican, Michael Abatemarco, 11/28/2014

Pop Stars:  New collective provides tangible goods, redefines Santa Fe style, Enrique Limon, Santa Fe Reporter, 12/16/14

Green Planet, THE Magazine, Jennifer Esperanza, August 2014

Systemic Devotion, theartblog.org, Rachel Heidenry, 4/21/2013

The Rapture Project, Visual Art Source, Alex Ross, Feb 2011

Promises of Gold, Journal North, Harmony Hammond, Jan 14, 2011

Beyond Hallmark, Journal North, Harmony Hammond, Feb 26, 2010

Unrepresented, THE Magazine, Jon Carver, November 2009

Top Talent, The Santa Fean, June/July 2008

Local, If Not Lucid, Santa Fe Reporter, Zane Fischer, 9/24/2008

 

Professional Experience/ Activities

2016

Contributing faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Aesthetics of the Found, advanced level sculpture class involving found source material

Visiting artist with New Mexico School for the Arts 9th grade visual arts program

Contributing faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Material and Process, introductory sculpture class involving wood, plaster, and metal

2015

Contributing faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Casting for Meaning, advanced level sculpture class focused on moldmaking and casting

Visiting artist in the Luted Crucible workshop with artist Piers Watson at New Mexico School for the Arts

2014

Artist finalist for Spread 5.0, crowdfunding grant presentation,  hosted by SITE Santa Fe, NM

Judge for sculpture division of SWAIA Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM

Business manager, Santa Fe Collective, Santa Fe, NM

Participating artist at the Keen Foundry Invitational Symposium, Houston, TX

2013

Employed at Rusty Mesa, wax supervisor, Santa Fe, NM

2012

Self-employed sculptural artisan since 2008

Attended iron casting workshop, Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, NM

2009

Attended iron casting workshop, Mesalands Community College, Tucumcari, NM

2008  

Pour Captain, Shidoni Foundry, Tesuque, NM

Attended Analysis and Reduction of Investment Casting Defects, AFS, Schaumburg, IL

2007

Organizer for Fe in the Fe iron pour, Santa Fe, NM

Employed at Shidoni Foundry, Tesuque, NM

Member New Mexico Sculptor’s Guild

Attended Iron Tribe iron pour, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM

 2006

Employed at Shidoni Foundry, Tesuque, NM

Artist residency at Vermont Studio CenterMay-June, Johnson, VT

Workshop instructor, Imagination Festival, Magic City Art Connection, Birmingham, AL

Custom frame shop manager, Yellowhammer Frame Shop, Northport, AL

2005

Graduate instructor,  Sculpture I, Memphis College of Art, Spring

Member of CAA, attended annual conference, Atlanta, GA

Employed at Lugar Bronze Foundry, Arlington, TN

2004

Employed at Lugar Bronze Foundry,  Arlington, TN

Teacher Assistant for 3-D design with Prof. Tom Lee, Memphis College of Art, Spring

Memphis College of Art gallery committee

2001-2003

Member and volunteer for Birmingham Arts Association

            

Honors and Awards

Awarded Best in Show, Common Ground, Santa Fe Community Gallery, NM 2015

Artslant.com November 2009 Showcase Juried Winner

Awarded artist fellowship for residency May 2006 at Vermont Studio Center

Presidential Purchase Award, Memphis College of Art 2005

Juror's Purchase Award, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian, MS 2005

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