KC Collins, August 2014
August 1, 5-8 pm
“The daily ritual of the high tide coming and cleansing the sand reminds me of a painter’s blank canvas. The experience brings anew...
August 1 to 29, KC Collins will exhibit her new series of shoreline paintings at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, South Carolina.
"The shoreline that inspires my paintings is an ever changing place," says KC Collins of her new series. "I feel as though with each painting I am capturing just a fleeting moment and it is that endless journey that I will forever be drawn to." The exhibition of paintings titled, "Lunar Waves" explores the effect of the moon on the movement of water. Collins has been building a body of work that encapsulates the beauty of the moon, open ocean, and inlets. Many of the paintings for the show are of the beaches near her home and there is also a series of glowing moons. The show opens on August 1 from 5-8pm at Robert Lange Studios in downtown Charleston.
"The daily ritual of high tide coming and cleansing the sand reminds me of a painters blank canvas. The experience begins anew with each painting just as the sand is fresh again after each tide," says Collins. "In this series, I wanted to explore the idea of inertia. As artists we are pulled, almost without choice, to create, it is this unseen force that mirrors that of the moon and the tides." Much like this hidden force there is something unseen within Collins' work. She paints with a signature style of soft edges and blurred horizon lines. Her work was described by gallery owner Robert Lange as, "paintings that border on meditative studies."
In one painting for the show "Wash Away" 12 x 48" oil on canvas, Collins gives you an up close view of the bubbles as they are formed by the incoming tide and the piece fades into the vastness of the ocean. "More often than not each wave goes unnoticed, in the painting "Wash Away" I wanted to capture a single wave as a gift to its viewer, while still showing that right behind it is another wave - another moment; that exact present moment if experienced is its own art form."
Almost all of the landscape paintings in the show are formatted as long skinny or tall skinny compositions, focusing on the color gradient created by the horizon, while the moons sit evenly spaced in the middle of square canvases. "I chose the elongated formatting as a way to pull the viewer in. They start at one end and their eyes are drawn across the canvas; this is how you view the landscape in nature," Collins says. "You are never seeing everything all at once."