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New York, NY | Artist Talk: Liz Collins, Lightning Wheel at Candice Madey

July 31 | 5:00 pm 6:00 pm

Liz Collins, Rainbow Mountains: Storm, 2024, Woven textile, 120 x 154 inches. Image courtesy Candice Madey.

Join ArtTable at Candice Madey on the Lower East Side for an Artist Talk with Liz Collins, exploring her exhibition Lightning Wheel (on view through August 2). Lightning Wheel features an exciting selection of new work from Collins, who was recently profiled by the New York Times and featured in the 2024 Venice Biennale. Collins’ work can also be seen in Weaving Abstraction—organized by the National Gallery of Art and set to travel in the coming months to LACMA, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottowa, and MoMA—among numerous other exhibitions.

About the Exhibition: Candice Madey is thrilled to announce the gallery’s second exhibition with Liz Collins, Lightning Wheel, presenting a series of new textile-based works that explore the artist’s distinctive and evolving symbology through recurring patterns and forms. Collins’s abstractions verge on the fantastical or energetic, suggesting the effects of extraordinary natural phenomena and a rapidly changing environment on the artist’s interior world.

As in Collins’s past work in textile, installation, drawing, and design, recent works employ a vibrant color spectrum that incorporates queer feminist sensibilities as well as references to twentieth-century abstraction in painting and in fiber. Reflecting the artist’s interest in Theosophist visual and spiritual traditions, the imagery investigates the idea that the occult movement is an esoteric predecessor of—or a link to—the origins of modern abstraction.

Central to the exhibition is a large-scale tapestry in which rainbows traverse sky and mountainscapes. The work is part of a series of woven landscapes entitled Rainbow Mountains that evoke the inner turmoil of an artist-activist in this contemporary moment–a consciousness at once hopeful, utopic, apocalyptic, and sublime. The exhibition’s title, Lightning Wheel, references one of several forms that reappear alongside lightning bolts, spheres, and cracked mirrors. Collins frequently crafts multiple iterations of her enigmatic compositions in different color combinations, materials, and fabrications in woven, embroidered, and embellished textiles, compounding and building her cosmology and iconographic vocabulary through repetition and the handmade.

Collins’s work powerfully testifies to artists’ agency in creating new worlds. By reconfiguring symbols, patterns, shapes, forms, colors, and textures, she seeks to better understand the human spirit in an uncertain and ever-changing ecosystem.

This Artist Talk is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

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Candice Madey

1 Freeman Alley
New York, New York 10002
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