DESTRUCTION RITUAL

New sculptures and prints by Chris Collins
May 25 - June 24, 2017
Opening reception with artist: Friday, June 2 5:00 - 7:00 pm

DESTRUCTION RITUAL

Contemporary culture primarily presents itself to us through the screen.  We look to screens for entertainment, information, communication and commerce.  Through advertising, screens tell us what we should want, what we should be doing, and who we should be.  The television screen holds a place of reverence at the center of the household, as a kind of altar, portal, and vessel.  It only makes sense that upon their ceasing as useful objects they are shot, shattered, and left in the desert as an act of ritual destruction. 

Across time and culture, the breaking of ceremonial vessels has been practiced.  Through the act of shooting, these vessels of culture are destroyed as the shooter takes vengeance upon its master, turns violent image upon itself, and likewise celebrates the power of the television.  Other vessels of cultural importance give us an altered perspective, though either medicine or machine. It is my intention to use the destroyed objects through which we view our world, whether TV, bottle, or windshield, as a monument to the power of these objects and as to illustrate the peculiar destructive rituals of contemporary culture.

This body of work consists of several materials and processes, ranging from the use of readymades and collage techniques, to works of casting and printmaking.  The bullet ridden source material of LCD screens, windshields, signs, boxes and bottles was scavenged from the desert outskirts of Santa Fe alongside arroyos, fences, and embankments.  Readymades exist as a television body, signs, and car windshield.  LCD screen fragments are utilized as form of collage, adhered together to form a veil.  LCD screen is used as a tool for printmaking as well, through inking of the fragments and utilizing a press.  Windshield and bottle fragments have been molded and cast in metals and resin, highlighting the fractured beauty of the once important cultural objects.  

Shatter 1 Chris Collins
Shatter 1
Cast stainless steel
2016
5 x 2.5 x .25 inches
 
Shatter 4 Chris Collins
Shatter 4
Cast stainless steel
2016
11.5 x 7.5 x .5 inches
 
Shatter 3 Chris Collins
Shatter 3
Cast stainless steel
2016
6.5 x 3 x .25 inches
 
Shatter 2 Chris Collins
Shatter 2
Cast stainless steel
2016
3.75 x 3.75 x .25 inches
 
Box 7 Chris Collins
Box 7
Cast stainless steel
2016
6 x 3 x 1 inches
 
Box 5 Chris Collins
Box 5
Cast stainless steel
2015
3 x 2 x .5 inches
 
Box 4 Chris Collins
Box 4
Cast stainless steel
2015
3 x 2 x .5 inches
 
Box 3 Chris Collins
Box 3
Cast stainless steel
2015
5 x 2.5 x .5 inches
 
Box 2 Chris Collins
Box 2
Cast stainless steel
2015
5 x 2.5 x .5 inches
 
Box 1 Chris Collins
Box 1
Cast stainless steel
2015
6 x 3 x .5 inches
 
Veil Chris Collins
Veil
Found LCD screens, collage grommets
2017
72 x 54 inches
 
Vessel Chris Collins
Vessel
Found object
2017
32 x 57 x 3 inches
 
Disintegration 7 Chris Collins
Disintegration 7
Monoprint
2017
22.5 x 15 inches
 
Disintegration 6 Chris Collins
Disintegration 6
Monoprint
2017
22.5 x 15 inches
 
Disintegration 5 Chris Collins
Disintegration 5
Monoprint
2017
30 x 22.50 inches
 
Disintegration 4 Chris Collins
Disintegration 4
Monoprint
2017
30 x 22.5 inches
 
Disintegration 3 Chris Collins
Disintegration 3
Monoprint
2017
30 x 22.5 inches
 
Disintegration 2 Chris Collins
Disintegration 2
Monoprint
2017
30 x 22.5 inches
 
Disintegration 1 Chris Collins
Disintegration 1
Monoprint
2017
30 x 22.5 inches
 
Shroud Chris Collins
Shroud
Found windshield
2017
36 x 58 inches
 
Screen Chris Collins
Screen
Found LCD screen
2017
8 x 7.5 inches
 
Chris Collins
Hen and Chick 6
Cast resin
2017
1 x 6 x 6 inches
 
Chris Collins
Hen and Chick 5
Cast resin
2017
1 x 6 x 6 inches
 
Chris Collins
Hen and Chick 4
Cast resin
2017
2 x 4 x 4.25 inches
 
Chris Collins
Hen and Chick 3
Cast resin
2017
2 x 4 x 4.25 inches
 
Hen and Chick 2 Chris Collins
Hen and Chick 2
Cast resin
2017
2 x 4 x 4.25 inches
 
Hen and Chick 1 Chris Collins
Hen and Chick 1
Cast resin
2017
2 x 3.25 x 3.75 inches
 
Shatter 8 Chris Collins
Shatter 8
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
4.5 x 4.5 inches
 
Shatter 7 Chris Collins
Shatter 7
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
4.75 x 4 inches
 
Shatter 6 Chris Collins
Shatter 6
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
14.5 x 7.5 inches
 
Shatter 12 Chris Collins
Shatter 12
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
14 x 12 inches
 
Shatter 14 Chris Collins
Shatter 14
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
10 x 8 inches
 
Shatter 13 Chris Collins
Shatter 13
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
11 x 5.75 inches
 
Untitled (metal sign) 4 Chris Collins
Untitled (metal sign) 4
Found object
2017
10 x 7 inches
 
Untitled (metal sign) 3 Chris Collins
Untitled (metal sign) 3
Found object
2017
10 x 7 inches
 
Untitled (metal sign) 2 Chris Collins
Untitled (metal sign) 2
Found object
2017
10 x 7 inches
 
Untitled (metal sign) 1 Chris Collins
Untitled (metal sign) 1
Found object
2017
10 x 7 inches
 
Shatter 11 Chris Collins
Shatter 11
Cast aluminum
2017
9 x 3.5 x .25 inches
 
Shatter 11 Chris Collins
Shatter 11
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
9 x 3.5 x .25 inches
 
Shatter 10 Chris Collins
Shatter 10
Cast aluminum
2017
3.25 x 3 inches
 
Shatter 9 Chris Collins
Shatter 9
Cast aluminum
2017
5 x 4 inches
 
Shatter 8 Chris Collins
Shatter 8
Cast aluminum
2017
4.5 x 4.5 inches
 
Shatter 7 Chris Collins
Shatter 7
Cast aluminum
2017
4.75 x 4 inches
 
Shatter 6 Chris Collins
Shatter 6
Cast aluminum
2017
14.5 x 7.5 inches
 
Shatter 10 Chris Collins
Shatter 10
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
3.25 x 3 inches
 
Shatter 9 Chris Collins
Shatter 9
Cast resin with interference pigment
2017
5 x 4 inches
 
Diptych Chris Collins
Diptych
Found LCD screen, grommets, collage
2017
27.5 x 48 inches
 
Shatter 5 Chris Collins
Shatter 5
Cast stainless steel
2017
4.5 x 4.5 x .25 inches
 
Box 6 Chris Collins
Box 6
Cast stainless steel
2016
5 x 2.5 x .75 inches
 

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