C J Collins

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Just Start Dancing, 2010 Flashe Vinyl On Canvas 36 X 60 © cjcollins
O Maybelline Why Cant You Be True, 2009 Flashe On Canvas 60" X 72"
Naked Thoughts, 2011 Flashe Vinyl On Canvas 30 X 40 © C J Collins
Devil May Care, 2011 Flashe Vinyl O/C 90" X72" © C J Collins
Fifty Miles of Elbow Room, 2010 Flashe Vinyl O/C 60" X 192" © C J COLLINS
In The Morning In The Evening Blues, 2012 Flashe On Canvas 60" X 48" © C J Collins
A Chorus Of She Done Him Wrong, 2012 Flashe On Canvas 60" X 48" © C J Collins
Big Wind, 2012 Flashe On Canvas 72" X 96" © C J Collins
Quick Facts
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Representing galleries
h p g r p Gallery, 509 W 20th St 2-W, NYC 10009
"Keats was wrong: beauty isn't truth, or truth beauty.  Saying art is about beauty is like saying, 'I'm for children'.  Everyone loves beauty; Nazis loved beauty, Osama loves beauty.  As painter Allison Taylor recently wrote, 'reducing art to beauty hides vacant thoughts; it can be used as propaganda, to decorate mini-mansions and crowd out art that is harder to deal with' "  Modern Painters, May 2006, "Sexism and the City" By Jerry Saltz
C J Collins began her study of art at the University of Texas in Austin.  She moved to California and completed her Fine Arts Degree at  Santa Barbara Art Institute under the tutelage of James Jarvaise and Mitsumi Kanemitsu.   A chance meeting with Jack Tworkov, a visiting lecturer at UCSB, inspired her to move to New York City.  The following year, in an old warehouse space in the Tribeca area of lower Manhattan, she established her studio where she lives and works.  See more images at )
Recent Exhibitions:
2012-Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC
2011-hpgrp Gallery, NYC
2009-Acento Gallery, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
2009-Gallery Satori, NYC
2009-hpgrp Gallery, NYC
2009-SCOPE Fair, NYC
2008-Meatpacking Art, NYC
2008-Dan Devining Projects + Editions, Chicago, "Paper Love" Grp
2007-hpgrp Gallery, NYC
2007-Gensler Architects, NYC
2005-Sideshow, "War Is Over", Williamsburg Grp
2004-Abstract Identity, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY Grp
2001-Small Works, NYU Grp



"The tension between form and line has been a subconscious American pre-occupation from our earliest days. C J Collins’ vibrant work dances on the edge of the precarious moment where line and mass are reconciled. Her intuitive moves, running in layers which snuggle and snag each other, form less a dance than a ritualistic walkabout of discovery. Big scale is evident no matter the dimension. Never claustrophobic, they breathe with the freedom of the open sky, the riff of a jukebox tune and the vast distance of possibility. It is a freedom which implies not Nature, but the mind’s conjectured landscape.

Collins’ powerful results are squeezed from a deceptively straightforward process. Drawing from life in freely calligraphed moves, the sketches are then xeroxed onto acetate transparencies. She layers and positions one atop the other until she discovers what she wants. Picasso called it making a find. The artist uses a dominant buzz color, electronic in intensity, on which she intervenes an intuitive graphic activity. These compounded arrangements interact with her color solids. Even her blacks read as full palette! Lines race across the layered field of tangled automatic writing and the two, calligraphed and color block, form a teasing argument between hand and LCD screen glow in an otherwise formalist set up. Their humor, their reach and their insistence on gaze make them stretch-your-arms-wide works. The effect is surprising for its power and attitude. It is unrepentant, fully charged and with a take-it-or-leave-it confidence by the hand of an artist fully committed to her own path.

Catherine Redmond   New York, NY August 2008

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