Please join Sotheby’s S|2, curator Ryan Steadman and artists Graham Collins and Hanna Sandin for an open discussion around the gallery’s current selling exhibition, Save It For Later. The group will explore the works of 10 young and emerging American artists who bring salvaged and reused materials into their practices. Steadman and Collins will cover topics such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch phenomenon, the influence of recycling on art, the use of reclaimed wood, the effects of working in an environment of mass discard, the value of craft and much more.
Artists in the exhibition, on view through 8 August, include Brian Belott, Graham Collins, Rachel Foullon, Jack Greer, Dave Hardy, Jo Nigoghossian, Demetrius Oliver, Borna Sammak, Hanna Sandin and Jack Siegel.
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About the artist
Graham Collins utilizes a combination of sourced and found materials that range from discarded paintings to car window tinting. In his tinted wall pieces, Collins focuses on the supporting cast of artworks, including gnarled and damaged reclaimed wood, which border a glass facade sheathed in unusually distressed window tint, leaving the encased monochrome canvases an afterthought. In a new series, Collins repurposes found paintings, allowing them to take on new meaning after they are re-stretched around his own handmade shaped stretchers, creating odd juxtapositions with the original compositions. These found paintings touch upon important ideas about authorship and artistic value in art.
Collins was born in 1980 in Washington, DC, and currently lives
and works in Brooklyn. He has been included in exhibitions at Luce Gallery, Torino; Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York; and West Street Gallery, New York. Graham’s work will be featured in an upcoming solo show at Jonathan Viner Gallery, London and a two person show at Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto.
Hanna Sandin re-interprets Alexander Calder’s Modernist mobiles in the context of the 21st century by incorporating common objects such as AC vents, rubber tubing and plastic cans. Sandin uses detritus from her work as a jeweler, as well as from her everyday life, to create these formally arresting compositions. Inspired by the everyday and utilitarian, Sandin’s precise form of bricolage feeds her jewelry making and vice versa, while reinvigorating the Bauhaus ethos of synthesis within the arts.
Sandin was born in 1981 in New Jersey, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and started a jewelry line called Samma. She has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; Philips de Pury & Co Gallery, London; Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York; Karma International, Zurich and shown with artists such as Joe Bradley, Jonas Wood, Eddie Martinez and Kon Trubkovich.