Elliot Collins

The Fall

14 September - 09 October 2010

The Fall is about the observations of a world that is falling apart. Every day we are implicated in cruelty and tragedy, yet we are also capable of greatness, humility, kindness and grace. The Fall draws attention to this reconciliation – between living in the world but not being of it – and reminds us to notice the humour and love inherent in small things, and their capacity for defeating fear, hate and indifference.

I want these paintings to be vague; to allude to something you know but not completely. Answers to questions unknown. Non-places where you’re somehow aware of an event or a destination. Something that’s familiar yet at the same time unstable and unknowable … “I’ve been here before, or at least I think I have” … “I had a dream and you were in it, only you weren’t you, you were silent”.

As in a dream, when we’re not certain of its beginning, all we are given is the present and this place we occupy. So I make these paintings with the hope that something will be transmitted in the retelling. Even if it’s just the slightest hint of wonder … a turn of wind, a mid-air pirouette, directed by a park bench or channelled by a tree branch. Something that can carry the smallest idea of hope.

Elliot Collins
Auckland, September 2010

Photography: Kallan MacLeod

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
How I Want To Live Each Day
2010
oil on linen
1000mm H x 1500mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Marilyn
2010
oil on canvas
1200mm H x 1450mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Success
2010
oil on canvas
750mm H x 1100mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
The Empire (Midnight)
2010
oil on linen
1000mm H x 1600mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Walkabout
2010
oil on canvas
915mm H x 1215mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
The End
2010
oil on linen
700mm H x 940mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Let me tell you about my boat
2010
acrylic on linen
600mm H x 350mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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Elliot Collins
A Rock, A River, A Tree
2010
acrylic on linen
705mm H x 450mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
Night on Earth
2010
acrylic on linen
850mm H x 550mm W
CHARTWELL COLLECTION / AUCKLAND ART GALLERY

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Elliot Collins
White Sky
2010
acrylic on linen
850mm H x 550mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
These Days
2010
acrylic on linen
650mm H x 400mm W
PRIVATE COLLECTION

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View

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Elliot Collins
The Fall
September 2010
Installation View