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Sam Moyer, Mika Tajima and Graham Collins at Halsey McKay Gallery
V8 is Graham Collin’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Collins’ varied work blends painting, architecture and sculpture into a contradictory amalgam of ruin and stability.
EAST HAMPTON, NY.- Halsey McKay presents, V8, Graham Collin’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Collins’ varied work blends painting, architecture and sculpture into a contradictory amalgam of ruin and stability. Canvases of spray painted monochrome hues are partially obscured behind a scrim of tinted glass and encased in frames made with salvaged wood.

The tinted monochromes combine the artist’s appreciation of normative craft forms, specifically woodworking and DIY window tinting, with the canon of abstraction. Collins forces a harmony from the disparate cultural and aesthetic values associated with these different entities.

Taking a cue from Frank Stella’s dictum that “what you see is what you see”, the works function at first glance as minimalist forms, yet hold a bevy of specific information right on the surface. The weather-stained wood, the torn window tinting, the color, the shape of the stretcher, the heavy, sharp glass, a section of wall–all serve as a collection of marks that signify different histories. While pocked and torn in places, these planes still shimmer and act as a kind of mirror reflecting their surrounding environment. On closer inspection the viewer’s eyes focus back and forth on the surfaces of the glass, the canvas, the tinting – revealing what we ourselves look like when viewing an artwork.

Graham Collins was born in Washington, DC in 1980. He received his BFA from The Corcoran School of Art and an MFA from Bard College. Collins’ artwork routinely incorporates a wide range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, woodworking, and architectural intervention. His work has been featured at Rachel Uffner Gallery, Derek Eller Gallery (NY), The Corcoran Museum (Washington DC), and Tät (Berlin), among others. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

June 22 - July 9 | Opening reception for the artists Saturday, June 22, 6-8 pm

For this exhibition, Sam Moyer and Mika Tajima present new painting works. Tajima continues her ambient painting series titled Furniture Art, which are reverse spray enameled thermoformed acrylic objects. Each piece is subtitled by a geographic location—Okinawa, Vieques, Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes, Da Nang, Bahia de Cochinos. Moyer presents a brand new body of work titled Breakers, which combine abstraction and the readymade while still loosely referencing the idea of landscape. Painted glass and dyed canvas are layered to create compositions physically reliant on the Neilson frames that hold them together.

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