Day and Date Release #4: L'anglais sans peine   26.11.2020

Silver, electric motor

 
Day and Date Release is a series of works that reflect on the speculativeness of historical events that have settled in collective memory. These works question how a fact can be transformed into a (fictive) story.
For his work, Collier had two wedding rings made, seemingly complementing the illogical twist in Ionesco's first play "The Bald Soprano." In this absurdist play, Mr. and Mrs. Martin assume halfway through that, given their shared living conditions, they are also married. Collier then had two randomly chosen sentences from the Assimil Business English-Dutch engraved in the rings, as a reference to Ionesco who found inspiration in the nonsensical dialogues of the Assimil with which he tried to teach himself English. The phrases are shown side by side, as if they were in dialogue, but they do not make sense and thus serve mainly, in analogy with Ionesco, to show how people can talk at and not with each other. The rings, their engraved sentences with no clear beginning and end, and their circular movement refer to the infinite "loop" in which "The Bald Singer" is written. The expected symbolic value of the objects therefore seems to be at odds with their underlying meaning.
Text by Eline Verstegen
Pictures by Ligia Poplawska
 
Day and Date Release #3: Field Notes   27.10.2019

Silver, laserprint, wood frame, 30 x 25 cm

 
Day and Date Release is a series of works that reflect on the speculativeness of historical events that have settled in collective memory. These works question how a fact can be transformed into a (fictive) story.
On October 27, 1873, American Joseph F. Glidden applied for a patent for his invention barbed wire. This meant a breakthrough to stop or isolate cattle and later also people. Previously, mainly thorny bushes or trees were used to hold the cattle together. Presented as a herbarium, Collier unites in Field Notes four designs for handmade barbed wire, which were called The Big Four, with plants from the area where these designs come from.
Pictures by Ligia Poplawska
 
Day and Date Release #2: illusions & delusions   16.05.2019

Embroidered napkin, 43 x 43 cm - Edition of 90

 
Day and Date Release is a series of works that reflect on the speculativeness of historical events that have settled in collective memory. These works question how a fact can be transformed into a (fictive) story.
illusions & delusions refers to the first Oscar ceremony that took place on the 16th of May 1929. According to the Hollywood legend, MGM art director Cedric Gibbons drew the design for the Oscar statue on a napkin that afterwards was given to sculptor George Stanley, who sculpted the trophy into clay. However, the original drawing has been lost and has never been documented. As an interpretation of this event, Collier recreates a fake copy of the iconic Oscar design. The embroidered drawing contrasts with the ephemeral memory of this event.
Picture by Ligia Poplawska
 
Day and Date Release #1: Method Acting  7.09.2017

Leather glove, electroplated tin - Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Day and Date Release is a series of works that reflect on the speculativeness of historical events that have settled in collective memory. These works question how a fact can be transformed into a (fictive) story.
With Method Acting Collier reflects upon the disjointed relationship between language and behavior as a means to question the nature of the real. The electroplated glove on the exhibition floor refers to a scene of Elia Kazans film On The Waterfront (1954). Here the object, by chance, challenges the actors to switch between his fictional and his own persona. The glove bears no resemblance at all to the one in the film; it simply represents an image of an image.