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Hundred Year Hand

May 11 - June 17, 2017 at C. Grimaldis Projects

C. Grimaldis Projects is pleased to present Hundred Year Hand, an exhibition of new and recent works by Graham Collins and Colin Van Winkle in which solid foundations of knowledge are subtly transfigured by the maker’s loving touch.

Colin Van Winkle uses traditional hand tools to manipulate wood in a process which necessitates a continuous engagement with the inherent nature of his material. In his attention to the pattern of the wood’s growth, Van Winkle envisions what it might willingly become and what tasks it may be too stubborn to support. The finished sculpture is a culmination of moments with a work in progress, the process of its making legible on its surface and in its form.

Graham Collins presents three ongoing, related series in which inherited, humble materials are revived to create works which merge sculpture and painting and nod to an authorship dissolved between the original and Collins’ intervention. A monochrome canvas is concealed behind hand-applied automotive tinting on a glass pane framed by reclaimed wood. Shaped paintings are fashioned by re-stretching second-hand canvases over sculptural handmade supports. These found artworks are recycled again into carefully seamed, reconstituted canvases, which the artist arranges in poetic compositions linked to their source material. Sections of sky appear in chronological order; segments are paired into uniform patterns or colors; a painting is composed from the sides and over-flaps of its originals.

Both artists coax new forms out of existing ones, exerting their creative will onto the conditions of objects possessed by a lineage of hands working. The efforts of the painters of Collins’ salvaged canvases are still very much present. Van Winkle’s sculptures host the vestiges of their utilitarian uses, what they once were or might have been. We imagine the beam or moulding of a house; the backing of a chair. This exhibition composes a system of objects which are part of a long, continuous line, invoking a kind of nostalgia not devoted to the resurrection of an old way but rather a yearning for something unplaced; a peering towards a future not yet mastered.

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