Elliot Collins

From Tourist to Pilgrim

2 - 27 August 2016

Elliot Collins’ exhibition From Tourist to Pilgrim comprises a found map, a series of text works, a suite of 4 photographs and a small enamelled brooch. Although apparently disparate, the works may each be read as contemplations of time, connection and our sense of place.

The suite of 4 photographs was made during a journey into Northland and an exploration of historical sites of significant Maori/Pakeha interaction. The 4 expressionist oil-on-board paintings are overlaid with text carved from Pohutukawa wood whose typeface, Obelisk, was designed for Collins by typographer Alistair McCready as a nod to early Colonial European granite plaques. The found map of New Zealand’s North Island, Te Ika-a-Maui, references the instruction invoked by Kupe the great Polynesian explorer during his 10th Century navigation across the Pacific to Aotearoa. May You All Contain Multitudes is an allusion to Walt Whitman’s 1855 poem Song of Myself and to the anthology, Leaves of Grass. One of Whitman’s verses contains the reminder that we are never just one thing … that our quirks, imperfections, and cultural contradictions should be celebrated. “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; I am large, I contain multitudes.”

Finally, in Collins’ own words, the enamelled badge Pipiwharauroa / Shining Cuckoo “…honours the role of ‘non-native’ or ‘non-indigenous’ peoples who maintain connections to the land, people, rivers and sea; a reminder that there is a role for each of us in this partnership.”

In an essay written to accompany Collins’ 2014 exhibition This is Where I Leave You, Dr Ann Poulsen suggests that “While the works in this exhibition map our landscape, they also map our culture … [and reflect the artist’s belief that] … it is the role of the artist to keep us invested in the experience of place.” It is encouraging that, in 2016, Collins still finds this territory ripe for investigation.

Since completing his Masters degree at AUT in 2007 Elliot Collins has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand. His most recent public commission was for the Atrium of Tauranga Art Gallery. Collins has also featured in major shows at City Gallery Wellington, Christchurch Art Gallery and The Dowse Art Museum.

Photography: Kallan MacLeod

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Elliot Collins
From Tourist to Pilgrim
August 2016
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
From Tourist to Pilgrim
August 2016
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
From Tourist to Pilgrim
August 2016
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
From Tourist to Pilgrim
August 2016
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
From Tourist to Pilgrim
August 2016
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Multitudes
2016
Gilded plywood, beeswax
200mm H x 4020mm W (as installed)

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Elliot Collins
Pipiwharauroa/Shining Cuckoo
2016
stamped iron, enamel, epoxy resin
30mm Dia
Edition: Open

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Elliot Collins
Pipiwharauroa/Shining Cuckoo
2016
stamped iron, enamel, epoxy resin
30mm Dia
Edition: Open

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Elliot Collins
From Tourist to Pilgrim
August 2016
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Truth Waits
2016
oil on board, Pohutukawa wood
640mm H x 845mm W (frame)
Private Collection

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Elliot Collins
I Can Only Give You Now
2016
oil on board, Pohutukawa wood
735mm H x 535mm W
Private Collection

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Elliot Collins
Kupe's Instructions (Venus in Orongonui, the 28th day of Tatau-ururoa, the month of November)
2016
Found map, card
1085mm H x 760mm W
Private Collection

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Elliot Collins
Storm Approaching
2016
oil on board, Pohutukawa wood
485mm H x 640mm W (frame)
Private Collection

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Elliot Collins
Exit Tide
2016
oil on board, Pohutukawa wood
935mm H x 1240mm W

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Elliot Collins
Multitudes
2016
Gilded plywood, beeswax
200mm H x 4020mm W (as Installed)

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Elliot Collins
From Tourist to Pilgrim
August 2016
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
Northern Wairoa Hotel, Dargaville
February 2016
Inkjet photograph on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
320mm H x 425mm W (frame)
Edition: 2

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Elliot Collins
Collection Basket, Pakanae
February 2016
Inkjet photograph on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
320mm H x 425mm W (frame)
Edition: 2

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Elliot Collins
Kāhu, Road to Puketotara
February 2016
Inkjet photograph on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
320mm H x 425mm W (frame)
Edition: 2

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Elliot Collins
Dusk, Hokianga
February 2016
Inkjet photograph on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
320mm H x 425mm W
Edition: 2