David Collins' "City of Wood" at Valley House Gallery
David Collins, "City of Wood," 2008
Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden
Abstract paintings can appear so abstract that it's difficult to interpret meaning from the crowded geometric shapes or intersections of paint splashes and splotches. Abstract painter David Collins layers abstract images on each other in his works, but the result is not an onslaught of imagery that leaves one looking for meaning. Instead, Collins' works capture his memories, mainly of his family's Cold War era technology business, and physical spaces that were associated with these memories.
"City of Wood" seems reminiscent of Cold War fears as an apocalyptic black cloud reaches toward structures that appear to have fallen, and some structures in the background seem to have withstood the force of whatever has shaken the rest of this world.
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