Claude Collins-Stracensky, Untitled (Light circle, slower. S. Figuora St., Los Angeles), 2003-09, Duratrans in lightbox. 49 x 62 x 6".

Claude Collins-Stracensky, Looking In At Looking Out (detail), 2008-09, Bronze coated perforated glass, painted foam and aqua resin, Staghorn fern leaf. Glass: 36 x 11 x 16", Glass and base: 56 5/16 x 40 1/4 x 16".

Depicting Our Desire to Contain Nature in Our Mediated Experience of It

Claude Collins-Stracensky, Species of Spaces and Other Places, 2007-08, Reclaimed Plexiglas and steel, screen print on Plexiglas, wood, paint, foam, seashells, palm frond. Box: 22 X 17 5/8 x 12", Box and base: 58 3/8 x 18 x 16".


Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
Claude Collins-Stracensky
August 1-October 25, 2009

LA-based Claude Collins-Stracensky takes as his subject the fundamental aspects of the natural world — light, energy, and time — in a practice that embraces a range of mediums. The exhibition will present a group of new sculptures and two new large photographic lightbox wall reliefs, alongside a selection of photographs taken since 2001. From the face of a boulder rendered a glowing silver by the sun to a dramatically collapsed pavilion near the Santa Monica airport after a wind storm, Collins-Stracensky’s images capture moments that heighten our awareness of the constant interactions and changes occurring in our environment between systems, materials, and forms. Our desire to contain nature and our mediated experience of the natural world is explored in several recently completed sculptures, which consist of 2-way mirror tinted and perforated glass and colored Plexiglas vitrines containing objects such as painted palm fronds and sea shells placed atop precisely rendered steel bases. The filtering of visual information and the need to view the sculptures from multiple vantage points will be mirrored by Collins-Stracensky’s interventions into the space for which he will make perforations in the walls and install colored film onto the windows.

Recent exhibitions include 2006, Many, Many Guys and Girls, All Real Beauties, Curated by Julian Hoeber, Circus of Books, West Hollywood; 2005, New Energy, Curated by Erik Bluhm, Arthur Fest, Los Angeles; JSA, Curated by Pentti Monkkonen, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles; 2004, Upstream: Idea Drawings, Curated by Chris Lipomi, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles; August, Curated by Daniel Kopp, Brooklyn Fireproof, New York; 2003, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles (two person); Taxter & Spengemann Gallery, New York (Scope Miami).

Claude Collins-Stracensky, Self-Portrait.

Claude Collins-Stracensky, Untitled (Light circle, slower. S. Figuora St., Los Angeles), 2003-09, Duratrans in lightbox. 49 x 62 x 6".