Galleries – Brooklyn
A slender tower of corroding bronzed toothbrushes with one perpendicular phallic protrusion looks like a joke on Giacometti in particular, and on the self-important weight of art-historical references in general. Collins has also bronzed and soldered together Cheetos, Fritos, Funyuns, and Doritos into surprisingly elegant sculptures. Busy, abstract paintings sewn together from scraps of found canvases invoke Internet image searches and cottage artisans. But just because Collins’s work is funny doesn’t mean the Brooklyn-based painter is kidding. One six-foot-high, largely brown-and-black painting is a romantic mood study, its two identifiable pictorial elements a drooping white flower and a bit of sunlight breaking through storm clouds. Another, titled “Unmeltable Antebellum,” makes an electric impression with tiny slivers of color.