The Criterion Collection, famous as an international library of classic and contemporary films of artistic and cultural significance, also serves as a source of inspiration for countless artists.
In the latest exhibition by Calvin Collins, Criterion: New Mixed Media Works, the Honolulu-based artist cuts scenes from some of cinema’s most influential works–Mouchette by Robert Bresson to single out a favorite–and displaces them in a new physical setting with unexpected elements like glitter, resin and spray enamel. The high-low results focus on the self-referential title of the show, paying homage to the seminal while also questioning the criterion by which we shape our standards of art.
“[Collins] manages to create these objects of beauty, yet there is always a grit that is present within them,” says curator Carolyn Mirante, who’s worked with the artist in past exhibitions at Pauahi Tower in Bishop Square. “What I love about his work, especially in this collection, is that it transcends the boundaries of what we recognize as painting or sculpture–an object that traverses both planes. A hybrid, if you will.”