Coleman Collins: Leveling / Ehrlich Steinberg, Los Angeles

“Leveling” is the title of Los Angeles-based artist Coleman Collins solo exhibition at the galley Ehrlich Steinberg in Los Angeles. The show features a diverse array of images, scans, and prints, presenting objects transformed into flattened visuals and spatialized imagery. Central to the exhibition are subtractive relief works derived from 3D scans of West African architectural sites, including former trading posts and sites of captivity. Collins incorporates images from Senegalese films within these reliefs, exploring themes of repetition and diaspora. The exhibition is complemented by a new text by artist Miljohn Ruperto and runs until April 6, 2024.

Coleman Collins: Leveling / Ehrlich Steinberg, Los Angeles. March 1, 2024.

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Exhibition text:

Ehrlich Steinberg is pleased to present the solo exhibition Leveling by Los Angeles-based artist Coleman Collins. Including various forms of images, scans, and prints, Leveling presents objects reconfigured as flattened visuals and imagery repositioned as physical and spatialized.

The exhibition centers around a new series of subtractive relief works derived from 3D scans of architectural sites in West Africa dating between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. The sites–which include private homes, castles, and forts–also served as trading posts used for holding captive Africans, and were often the final exit point before their transport to the Americas. Inset within the reliefs are images appropriated from Senegalese films, including Djibril Diop Mambéty’s 1973 Touki Bouki and Ousmane Sembène’s 1975 Xala.

Through sculpture, print, text, and video, Leveling explores the relationship between an original object, its double, and subsequent repetitions. The exhibition is influenced by Tina M. Campt’s concept of the “afterlives of images” and Brent Hayes Edwards’ 2001 essay “Evidence”, in which he connects his arrest and temporary imprisonment in Senegal with parallel histories of captivity at the Senegalese site, Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves).

In this new, multidisciplinary body of work, Collins expands upon ongoing research into the resonances between notions of diaspora and technological methods of transmission, copying, and reiteration.

Leveling is accompanied by a new text by Los Angeles-based artist Miljohn Ruperto.

Coleman Collins (b. 1986; Princeton, NJ, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA. Collins received his MFA from UCLA, Los Angeles in 2018 and was a 2017 resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, ME. He participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in 2019. Previous exhibitions and screenings have taken place at the Palestine Festival of Literature, Jerusalem, IS/Ramallah, PS (2023); Hesse Flatow, New York, NY (2022); Brief Histories, New York, NY (2022); Carré d’Art, Nîmes, FR (2022); Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT (2021); Nothing Special, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (2019); Artspace, New Haven, CT (2019) and Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA (2018). Collins is a 2022 recipient of a Graham Foundation research grant and has received support from NYFA and Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation. He is currently Assistant Professor at University of California, Irvine.

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