New York-based artist Anne Collier photographs existing objects-including movie publicity stills, record sleeves, posters, magazines, and self-help manuals-in staged tableaux that she considers to be a form of photographic still-life. Her forensic, even detached, approach to making images is seemingly at odds with the often highly emotive and melancholic subjects she depicts. Referencing both popular culture and the growth in pop psychology since the 1970s in her art, Collier is drawn to the previous lives that these typically secondhand artifacts reveal through the traces of their former use. Her exploration of the act of looking and the mechanics of the photographic process has resulted in a highly conceptual yet strangely visceral body of work that considers the thresholds between the personal and the universal.
Collier received her MFA from UCLA in 2001. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany (2009); Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (2008); Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, CA (2008); Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom (2008); Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2008); and Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY (2008). Her work has been included in many group exhibitions, including The Living and the Dead, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY (2009); Correspondences, Galerie Mezzanin, Vienna, Austria (2009); Dispersion, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, United Kingdom (2008); and Unknown Pleasures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2008).