Saturday, September 14, 2 – 3 pm
Exhibiting artist Bethany Collins discusses her text-based works, and issues of race and representation, with Museum Director Stuart Horodner.
In drawings, prints, paintings, and sculptures, Chicago-based artist Bethany Collins interrogates words in order to reveal their potential to empower or betray us. She uses official frameworks for language, as in standard dictionaries and political reports, as starting points for her inquisitive and analytic eye. From there, she isolates and manipulates text by labor intensive acts of rubbing and erasure, creating fields of illegibility which house precisely chosen phrases. The completed works address the struggle of the individual to navigate issues of race, power, and histories of violence.
Collins’ work is included in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Birmingham Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, among others. She received her BA at the University of Alabama and her MFA at Georgia State University. She is represented by Patron Gallery, Chicago.
Photo credit: Chris Edwards
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