Breaking Black – Nicole Collins & McMaster’s Collection

Installation view of Breaking Black Exhibition, McMaster Museum of Art

Installation view of Breaking Black Exhibition, McMaster Museum of Art

The McMaster Museum of Art presents Breaking Black, curated by Nicole Collins, opening this week November 15, 2012 and continuing until January 12, 2013.

Public Reception: Thursday November 15, 6-8  pm
Artist/Curator’s Talk: Thursday  November 22, 6-7 pm
These events are Free and open to the Public!

Toronto-based artist Nicole Collins takes her cues from alchemy in a new exhibition opening this week at the McMaster Museum of Art, Breaking Black. The artist was invited  to develop an exhibition, combining her own works with selections from  McMaster’s collection, as part of the Museum’s ongoing program, inviting  artists as guest curators.

The work of  the artist is often compared to that of the alchemist—experimental,  transformative and transcendent—and alchemy has been a preoccupation for  Collins throughout her own artistic practice. Her work, primarily encaustic  painting, focuses on the effect of time, accumulation, force and heat on  visceral materials.

For Breaking Black, Collins has selected paintings by Louis Comtois, Anselm Kiefer, and Sigmar  Polke; a sculpture by David Nash;  a 5th century BCE Kalyx-Krater; and a contemporary painting by an  unknown artist. Two recent works by Collins are included as well as a recent work by Czech-born Toronto artist Jiri Ladocha,  loans from the artists.

Nicole Collins, Breaking Black
Nicole Collins, Breaking Black 2011, wax, pigment and rope on canvas and board, 244 x 183 cm. photo credit: Alex Bierk

The title Breaking Black is drawn  from one of Collins’ works, shown above.

In discussing the exhibition, Collins  says, “The goal of alchemy was multiple: to transform base metals to gold; to  pass from the darkness of ignorance to enlightenment; to transcend the physical  and gain access to the spiritual. In this exhibition a kind of transmutation occurs  with the gathering of these works.”

An exhibition publication, with an essay by Nicole Collins and colour images, is available.

Nicole Collins is a Toronto-based artist and an  award-winning educator at the Ontario College of Art &  Design University (OCADU). Since 1994 she has shown in 10 solo exhibitions  including The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, and participated  in many group exhibitions in Toronto, New York, London, Zurich.

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