Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One last post....

It is only a few more days until I make my choice and put it to the pavement. Leaving Ohio once again for NYC. This time I am fully aware of my intentions and have let others know of them too. I'm coming for you, New Yorkers. For now I'll leave all my friends here with this wonderful clip from a great movie... ROUNDERS. This clip is Martin Landau talking about how destiny chooses us and how we need to follow what it has in mind for us.There is much wisdom in here for you. I truly look forward to seeing my friends and colleagues again. I look forward to hours upon hours of talking about art. I look forward to all the new art I will be able to immediately see and engage with. I look forward more to sharing my art with the world, as I know i'll be able to reach my goals so much faster in the art hub of the United States of America, a place where dreams come true.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The renaissance days of conversation.

We are in a spectacular time in this modern age of the smart phone, broadband, and live video streaming wherever you wish it to be...unless you live in the super rural areas. As a fan of so many live streaming podcasts, podcasting is such a strange word that no longer fits it's definition. These days what we have is live conversations between friends and conversations with people the interviewer WANTS to know. Granted I will say that my first interview recordings I got into were the ones by the Giant of interviewing...Tim Ferriss, not only is the guy a legendary writer and man who can break down just about anything to help you the viewer learn better and faster. The world needs more people like Tim. But right after that the 2nd place would have to be Mr. Joe Rogan, for if not for him. I wouldn't know about my 3rd in the list of most important to me podcasts, Joey Coco Diaz. The guy whom I learnt about during one of the Rogan streams he did with Andrew Dice Clay. Joey was a special guest on it and at the time, I had no knowledge of this guy who was going to quickly become my favorite living comedian. I've yet to meet a person who is more real and unafraid to be himself.

I really dig watching Rogan talk with people from all kinds of different places. Today as I was watching 1001 he had the 4th interview with a gentleman who was in the CIA. Now THAT guy can give you some stories that'll freak you out, or maybe not, depending on your level of being. Joe is one hilarious comedian who really breaks down things for his fans into wonderful bits and jokes for his fans that keep em rolling in the isles.

This #1000 episode was so monumental, no one else really has done as much or probably will do as much as Joe Rogan when it comes to his reach and how he does it. The guy is a true professional and knows how to enjoy a conversation with someone, as well as he knows how to have fun, and know exactly when to bring in the fart and shit stories. Tom Segura shows easily how much fun he had conversing with his best friends on a live stream, as Tom also has his own podcast...seems like most comedians these days do. His is called "Your Moms House", and is quite funny, they like to watch clips from the net and talk about them with special guests. His wife is the co-host, which is fantastic to show that you have that good of a relationship with your significant other that you can share and have a bunch of fun in a podcast together.

Dean Delray is a famous comedian who began as a musician, which makes for awesome conversations each and every time he's on The Church. He and Joey LOVE to get into talking about albums. It's like those times when you got to hang out with your friend who was also seriously into music, you two would get together, put on an album and then just talk about every bar of every song. Especially this he spoke in detail about things that can really help anyone who has been struggling in the creative arts. I made my own clip out of it and put it on my facebook page to see if others would watch it.

There really is a Church for just about anything you are going through. This one in particular inspired so much response that they did another episode right after it with their friend Ari Shaffir who called in and they spoke about depression and dealing with life. If you become a fan, one thing you'll love is listening to Lee Syatt, as that fella has the funniest laugh. Sometimes I wanna make a video of just Lee's laughing, cause it's contagious.

Bert Kreischer is yet another great podcaster. These are more just getting to know you kind of podcasts, they don't go deep, or as deep as things get with The Church. This particular episode with Christopher Titus is excellent, as Titus is one of my favorite comedians. I always loved his stories about his family, you should listen to his stories, you probably have more in common with him than you think.

Tim Ferriss has done so much for people into building businesses and making your life better through more efficient learning. This particular episode with Arnold Schwarzenegger is quite good to help you get off your ass and do something worthy.

Marc Maron is yet another who does mostly audio only podcasts. Like many comedians, he began by interviewing his friends and talking himself. In time he has grown this podcast to include some of the most famous people on the planet. This particular one I have here is with Robbie Robertson. If you don't know who he is, go look him up. I'll wait, oh wait, no I won't. Maron also had a wonderful tv show for 4 seasons on IFC, Independent Film Channel, which let's be honest, stopped showing independent films not long after showing up in the cable roster. It's hilarious with a lot of what were probably personal lessons for Marc, and because of that, it works so well with his comedy. Which personally, I like way more. If you get a chance, get on Netflix and watch THINKY PAIN. And if you get the chance see the MORE LATER special too, but it's on a channel called EPIX which is hard to get programs from.

These are just a few of the MANY podcasts going on these days. If you know me, you know which one I watch most. I'm a full fledged member of The Church of What's Happening Now!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Has Anyone Seen Leger's Palette Lately? Frederic Matys Thursz

I have been asked a number of times about this wonderful piece by Frederic Matys Thursz, one of the lesser known of the Radical Painting group. (If you know me, you know why I said that.) Frederic Thursz is probably the best writer on painting i've read. His writings are so visual they work perfectly with his own paintings. This guy was truly in touch with what he was doing. Most painters including me wish we were this lyrical with our talking about painting.

Take some time, you can enlarge the photos, if you know how to do so. If you don't know, what you do is when you click on the image and it pops up in the shadowbox. You then right click and choose to Open Image in New Tab. That'll let you see the image the way I uploaded it, making the reading that much easier to do. Or just click the Command + buttons to enlarge the page, then when done click command and 0 to reset your text size to normal.

Enjoy this wonderful piece on one of his favorite painters, Leger.

Enjoy and Thanks for viewing. I'm glad to be able to share these online for your viewing. I remember how difficult it was to read papers like this around 99, but slowly it's been getting easier, thanks to people like me, so you can view rare papers. I've got another paper or two that i'll be sharing in the next few days.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

In the Studio with Carl Belz on Joseph Marioni

In the catalog for Joseph Marioni's exhibition at the Rose Art Museum, which in turn was the last exhibition to be made by the late Carl Belz. Apparently because someone who was on the museum's board didn't like Joe's paintings, and threatened to pull their money if the museum didn't fire Belz. Carl has proven this in the interview I did with him. Sad to see politics getting in the way of great paintings. In the catalog Carl told the story of being introduced to the work of Marioni. It's such a wonderful story. I'm tired of uploading it again and again in PDF form, and they just keep getting deleted over time. So why not just put each scanned paper on here for you the viewer.

More well deserving papers to be put up soon. Thanks for viewing.

Monday, June 12, 2017



The time of year when nature truly begins to heat up. Least for those of us in the northern hemisphere. People begin walking around wearing less and less, it's nice if you are walking around doing some people watching. For me it's mostly just another time of year to stick myself in a conditioned room and wait out the time.

I don't like running this blog like others do with theirs. I'm not interested in constantly finding new readers or trying to get a job from this. I'm only interested in sharing when the mood really hits me. Today it's hitting me. I was watching this pretty good documentary on painter Francis Bacon and figured I'd share it on here. I'm a lukewarm at best fan of his work, who knows, maybe I just haven't seen enough work in person to truly call myself a fan. The older I get the more my desires for things change, I used to think I could tell if I liked work in person by the reproductions. For the most part...I can. But there were a few times when things really changed for me when I saw the work in person, which in turn made me change the way I talk about work online. I enjoy doing reviews in my own way of good shows, but I don't get out a lot to see shows I WANT to write about. Looking forward to more of that in the future.

This Bacon film is quite well made. The people who filmed it and the editors really did a great job on it. I usually watch art docs and make my own commentary on how I would have done it differently (Troublemakers is one of them). This one there aren't enough to even warrant talking about it. The company that makes these does a really good job at art docs.

Thanks. Have a beautiful week.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Website and Email Under Maintenance.

It's time for my website to undergo maintenance, so until it's all back online, my website AND email are undergoing a shutdown. In the meantime I'll be adding more upon here.

You'll always be able to reach me through @ or on Facebook or Instagram.

I appreciate your interest in my work and hope your week is a beautiful one!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Seattle Showing with Friends

A few months ago, I got a call from my private dealer. They told me they were working with a gallery in Seattle about doing an exhibition. I said heck yeah and now it's on. Frederick Holmes Gallery in Seattle Washington is where it's at! The opening was last Thursday and the exhibition runs through the month of April 2017. The exhibition includes 3 of my paintings along with works by Darryl Hughto and Susan Roth. This is my second show west of the Mississippi River. But the first show with paintings. I'm so happy and grateful for this and I just wanna show it off as much as possible. Here's some wonderful pics courtesy of my dealer.

You can also see the email press release here..

Big Thanks going out to the Frederick Holmes Gallery.

You can also check out the video made by the gallery of my paintings.

Thanks Everyone!!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Braided Paintings #2

In thinking about these new Braided Paintings, I have begun working on a second set with a different material. Going back to the original yarn that I used on all the yarn paintings. Granted this type of yarn is a thicker yarn which you can see only on the 2016 paintings. This second painting desired a color change from the first one. I never like to work through a series of the same color choices. To me that is more like decoration of the multiple. One day I will create multiples of work like this, but that day is long into the future. Depending on the circumstances of the time, we'll see just how long that takes to get here. As I look back on the four of these I have made. I am consistently dreaming of new things to do with this series. I cannot stop being creative, the ideas flow through me like water. It is my duty to complete as many of these as I can while I can. When I had the dream of the cube. I knew I had to figure out a way to get that cube made...or more to the point, how to make it myself. I don't desire to have work fabricated for me. I know that is the way a number of Artists do, but that's not for me. Only when I truly can't accomplish it on my own will I search for those to fabricate work for me. I revel in the opportunity to fully learn how to do everything myself. I have already been thinking of how to cast these in hard materials, but not bronze as so many have already talked with me about. I personally prefer aluminum. I like it's sheen and it's weight. To see these, shiny, prickly, almost weapon-like, is to me a wonderful matter that will happen. It's just a matter of time, and matter.

Image from the top of the painting.

Image from the middle.

And from the bottom.

I appreciate your viewing. Thanks for your time.
Jeffrey Collins

Friday, March 17, 2017

Selling some books from my collection

The time has come to allow some of my book collection to find new homes. I've had some of these for well over a decade. Gosh that sounds like a long time these days.

I've put them up on ebay and they should all end around the 23rd of March. Some real gems for your collection, including Willem de Kooning at the National Gallery of Art in DC. Mark Grotjahn from his LA gallery Blum & Poe. Olivier Mosset from his first large monograph. Frank Stella from his show at Mnuchin Gallery. And Simon Hantai from his show in Munster...a very rare catalog.

Thanks for viewing.
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Braided Paintings #1

In my desire to always be looking for ways to develop my work. I began working on variations in ropes to use as a substrate in painting. From sometime in early 2015 when I ran some yarn between the floor and ceiling of the home I was inhabiting in Pennsylvania, and up to the present. My mind is full of ideas, some that can be made now, but mostly with ideas that won't come for years, or at least as money is still an issue in the making of the work. Those of you who follow my work have noticed how much I love working with paint and creating paintings where there were only sculpture least in my world.

At the beginning of 2017, I began a series of new BRAIDED PAINTINGS. Using Poly Rope that was purchased at the local hardware store. I won't say because they aren't paying me to say their name. I wanted something thicker than what they offered and began braiding this poly rope. Having worked out the how and what, the only section left over was the actual DOING. All along knowing that I had to make sure these works were going to stick around, I didn't want them to have any sort of problems that might come up with time. These works will not have those problems, unless something drastic happens that is unnatural to the nature of the work and it's life. I would tell people but frankly with all the copycats that have come around after the Richter film, I don't want to share methods from myself or others. I now realize why so many people never wanted me to film them painting. 

I have been enjoying making these new works and enjoying having them hang around me. The ability to view these works from all kinds of lighting situations and viewing angles have really brought me an appreciation that I was wondering about when I began working on these. There is always a sense of stepping out on the ledge when going about doing something new to oneself, and I'm glad I stepped out, the staircase appeared and I am working on climbing it as time permits.

Here is the first BRAIDED PAINTING...

Acrylic on Poly Braided Rope
36 X 3.5"

Top Detail

Middle Detail

Bottom Detail

If you are interested, this is available here on my Saatchi Store.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Braided Paintings

And now for something different...

May 2015: I had a vision that combined my work and that of Fred Sandback. His ideas of splitting space with one string of yarn quite fascinated me. Such simplicity, and such force of space. At the time I was living in a small town in Pennsylvania with a ground floor that was unfinished. I had this vision quite early in the evening, and felt I could immediately try my hand at making what my vision had given me. I went downstairs after grabbing some yarn, a couple eye screws and some paint. In the back of the space was a perfect place to begin my development of this new thing in my life. Nice thing about having that place was I could set it up and not have to worry about it coming down in 3 weeks. Finding the mark in the middle of the room, I began to go to work. Stringing yarn through the two eye screws, I felt once I had about 4 strings between the ceiling and floor, that it was enough to go on for the first piece. Nice thing about the eye screws is you can set your own tension, and if you know about the yarn work I have been doing since 2014, you know it has a lot of tension in the work. Once I had set the tension. Standing on a makeshift stool was quite good for what I needed at the time. Able to see the work from all kinds of angles is what I love about working on my art. I have the chances to see it in so many ways that others will never get to. It also makes me feel for those who have to view my work in a public venue, you always have to go by what they put out there in their gallery rules. But you come visit me, you'll see the work in 20 different ways.

Once the yarn was all ready and anchored correctly. I began painting upon it, a yellow textural paint upon a baby blue colored yarn. It was quite the nice color combination. One day I'll make this work again, except this time I think I'll use the poly rope that I've been using lately.

Months later. I was thinking about painting in general, also thinking about how some artists are very resourceful in finding new materials to make into their artwork. I was thinking about Richard Tuttle and his rope pieces. As I was thinking of the visual of this small rope piece behind the door at his collectors home. Super simple but with a voice that says, 'here I am, if you don't like it, go away.' I admire the man and his work like these, he really put himself out on a limb and didn't fall off. I began to wonder if I could ever make work that small and potent.

It wasn't long after that evening, I truly began putting together in my head what would make a work that gave the nod to Tuttle but was also something of mine. There are so many little things you need to think of when trying to create something new for yourself. One thing was to try to paint on a piece of rope, something that moves back and forth, something that frays over time, something that might be hard to attach to a wall, how to still keep the painting once the work has dried and had attached itself to the substrate behind the work itself. I didn't want to paint these directly on a wall only for it to never be allowed to be removed without ruining the painting. That's not good for someone in a small space.

Speaking with a fellow painter, Deb Covell in England, she was telling me about her paintings she had been making out of 'paint skins'. She mentioned the plastic that covers her floor which allows the paint to peel up once dry. Upon hearing that I remembered painting my poured paintings on a sheet of plastic tarp. Even though it was a pain to paint upon when you are trying to move a wooden stretcher around. The paint would pull up from the plastic surface creating some cool extras. It helped me remember things I had done in my past where I was inadvertently using plastic sheeting to help keep the paint off what I was painting on....tables, floors, etc.

March 2016. I made my way to the hardware store. I won't mention the name because they get enough publicity. :D Found the aisle where the ropes are, found some manila rope in 1 inch thickness.

Bought 2 ft of it to try out. Took it home and began doing what I could to make sure it lasted long into the future. One thing I always make sure of when making new works is to make sure to seal things in Acrylic medium, as it's a great protector for the future, it's flexible too so it's a good way of future-proofing the work. As you can see in the above photo.

Will continue later......

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