Having It All at HELLER GALLERY

 

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PRESS RELEASE            For Immediate Release: October 31, 2014

Press Contact: Katya Heller       p: 212.414.4014

e: katya@hellergallery.com

LIZ COLLINS: HAVING IT ALL

featuring a collaboration with Harry Allen

November 22 – December 20, 2014

Heller Gallery in association with the American Design Club are pleased to present Having It All, an exhibition of works by American artist and designer Liz Collins. A curated selection of original pieces as well as limited edition items from her Optic Home Collection, will be on display, arriving just in time for the holidays. The exhibition will also feature pieces made in collaboration with designer Harry Allen.

In both her artworks and her home textiles Collins uses the universal language of bold lines, repeated stripes and jagged lighting bolts in vivid colors. The hard-edged shapes act like the caution chevrons and zig zags on trucks or traffic signage that warn you to watch out. Layers of pattern assert themselves with explosive energy and create a deep clash of alluring sensuality. Everything is covered with pattern and the space is made to glow.

Recognized internationally for her use of machine knitting to create groundbreaking clothing, textiles, and installation, Collins has elevated the relevance of yarn and extended the use of textiles beyond the body and moved them into space and architecture. In her work art and applied design coexist: a painting is a rug is a blanket is a dress is wallpaper.

 

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Liz Collins + POLLACK

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photo-5With Rachel Doriss, Design Director of the POLLACK Studio.

As a part of  Makers Collection Liz Collins collaborated with POLLACK and created a collection of interior fabrics based on her continuing artistic exploration of Optic Pattern. She joined the maker’s panel discussion at POLLACK showroom in NY on Oct 1st, 2013.

Fabrics are available at : POLLACK

Artist Residency at Occidental College in LA

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Liz stayed in Occidental College, Los Angels, for a 2 week Wanlass Artist-inResidence program . She collaborated with a group of Occidental students and a few local knitters to stage the day-long performance of KNITTING NATION Phase 12: H2O. While in residence, she also built a installation, Distancer-Pursuer, in Mullin Art Gallery and visited a print making class to create a color-graph prints using one of her Optic Pattern knit fabrics.

2013-1108_LizCollins-Mullin-31DPPano*Distancer-Pursuer at Mullin Art Gallery on campus.

photo 5                          Professor Linda Lyke Pulling a print out of the knit sample.
photo 3                          The inked knit samples.