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Curator Mirante (left) and artist Collins (right).
Image: courtesy GOHA

Criterion Inception

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.”

GoHA: Gallery of Hawaii Artists, 1888 Kalakaua Ave., Ste. C312, open Mon.–Fri., 8:30am–5:30pm, closed weekends, runs through Tue., 10/23, [galleryofhawaiiartists.com], 447-8908