In part, Graham Collins' work speaks to our intellect. Combining used construction wood, monochrome canvasses, vinyl window tint and glass, his point of departure is a conceptual one. Here, we might question our sense of aesthetics or the typical hierachy of materials. But the works are equally about the body, about craft, about textuality. The frames have been carefully transformed from discarded wood to elegant objects. The tiny bubbles of air in the window tint might be associated with flaws but here they are the product of a skilled artist.
Kristin Capps of Washington City Paper writes: "Collins touches on just enough of everything to keep it interesting: patchwork composition, sculptural flair, academic ambivalence, an eye to the labor politics of the art world, and even humor."