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Vivien Abrams Collens

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Vivien Abrams Collens is an artist living in New York whose abstract paintings, sculptures, prints and installations reference contemporary architecture and urbanism. She has received fellowships to Yaddo, MacDowell, and other artist residence programs.Her work has been exhibited throughout the US, and is in museum, corporate, and private collections. Her recent large scale painted architectural explorations, were shown in the Gensler-New York exhibition space at Rockefeller Center in 2015.

Collens’ paintings about urban environments use multiple perspectives , geometry, pattern, color and line to evoke urban experiences of architecture and changing views as one moves through the city in subways, cars, escalators and elevators and sees the city from different vantage points. There is a synergy between her paintings and 3 dimensional works The  drawings and paintings always have been springboards for various series of relief wall constructions such as this 1979 construction and more recently, sculptural installations.

Recent work includes Pathways, a series of prints, installations and paintings about the movement of people, vehicles, water, gas, waste, electricity and internet through urban areas.

Her website, is frequently updated. She is currently working with ChrisDavisonGallery

2015 Installation at Gensler-NYC
Citywalks, 30×30″
Urban Study 1. 2011. 48×48″ acrylic on canvas. private collection.
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