Elliot Collins

Solastalgia

19 November - 21 December 2019

In the gallery’s final exhibition for 2019, Solastalgia, Elliot Collins presents the viewer with three wall-based text installations accompanied by nine paintings in acrylic and oil on linen.

Solastalgia is a new word used to describe the feeling of distress associated with environmental change, especially when it occurs close to one’s home.

The changes in the environment may be due to natural processes, such as drought or flood, or human-induced processes such as climate change and urbanisation.

Elliot Collins’ new paintings are abstracted representations of photographs taken during his travels around Aotearoa. Pulsing with colour and light, and evocative of Colin McCahon’s French Bay paintings of the 1950s, each canvas recalls the sensation of a particular place.

For Collins, however, the refracted planes also represent displacement, nostalgia and a longing for a time before.

Collins writes: “Maybe these painted landscapes escape you. Or maybe they’ve changed so much you just can’t remember. Maybe, soon, vague recordings of shape and colour are all that will be left to describe their location and sensation. Maybe we need to see and breathe the landscape – now – before we forget what it looked like and how it felt.”

Photography: Alex North

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Elliot Collins
Ohaeawai
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W

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Elliot Collins
Rangihoua
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Solastalgia
November - December 2019
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Maitai
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Lower Waihou, Hokianga
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W

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Elliot Collins
Te Paki
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W

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Elliot Collins
Whananaki
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W

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Elliot Collins
Solastalgia
November - December 2019
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Pipiriki
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W

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Elliot Collins
Pipiriki
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W

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Elliot Collins
Whakapapa, Tongariro
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Solastalgia
November - December 2019
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Whakapapa, Tongariro
2019
oil and acrylic on canvas
700mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Moureeses
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Moureeses
2019
oil and acrylic on linen
700mm H x 500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Solastalgia
November - December 2019
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
We Are Held Together
2019
perspex and metal loops
installation dimensions variable

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Elliot Collins
We Are Held Together
2019
perspex and metal hoops
installation dimensions variable

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Elliot Collins
We Are Held Together
2019
perspex and metal hoops
installation dimensions variable

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Elliot Collins
We Are Held Together
2019
perspex and metal hoops
installation dimensions variable

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Elliot Collins
Solastalgia
November - December 2019
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Solastalgia
November - December 2019
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Solastalgia
November - December 2019
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
A Crucible (detail)
2019
perspex and copper nails
installation dimensions variable

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Elliot Collins
A Crucible
2019
perspex and copper nails
installation dimensions variable

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Elliot Collins
A Place That Exists
2019
perspex and copper nails
installation dimensions variable
PRIVATE COLLECTION