Reception: Thursday, March 4, 5:30-7:30pm
New York artist, Stephen Sollins, opens a show of new work at Brian Gross Fine Art on Thursday, March 4, with a reception for the artist from 5:30-7:30pm. In his work, Sollins transforms mundane, everyday objects into works of art, exploring ideas of family, memory, communication and non-communication in our daily lives.
Sollins' new body of work includes sculptures and collages that explore not only the domestic realm, but expand to include the work environment as well. In these works, Sollins appropriates and re-contextualizes images of everyday commodities, forcing the viewer to read into the objects and attribute them with new significance. In the sculpture New Thoughts, Sollins presents an electric pencil sharpener cast in bronze, isolating a mundane object from its context and elevating it to the status of art. Removed from its usual setting, the pencil sharpener reflects on the creative process and the marks and traces we leave behind.
Stephen Sollins received his M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1997 and his B.A. from Bard College in 1990. His work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in New York, Louisiana, New Mexico and California. Sollins' work is part of the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Achenbach Foundation of Art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Progressive Corporation. This will be Sollins' sixth solo show at Brian Gross Fine Art.