Paul Collins: 100 Days Project, December 2020

December 4 – December 29, 2020
Outdoor Reception: December 5, 2020 at 6 PM

COOP is proud to present Paul Collins’ 100 Days Project. During fall 2020 Collins created over 350 handmade vote signs for neighbors, friends and instagram strangers painting everyday of the 100 days leading up to the 2020 presidential election. These signs were created and distributed for free across Middle Tennessee and beyond both to encourage civic engagement and counterprogram what the artist expected to be a period of fraught societal tension. For this exhibition the artist will display 60 of these signs, plus site photographs and precursor objects that foreshadowed the form and method of the signs. Join COOP for an outdoor reception with fire pits and refreshments on December 5th at 6 PM outside the gallery. Social distancing and mask wearing will be practiced.

About the 100 Days project:
Artist and educator Paul Collins has been painting VOTE signs everyday for the 100 days leading up to our 2020 presidential election. The signs are (mostly)modest in size and are designed to be placed in the landscape as small animated sculptural surprises for the viewer to drive voter awareness and utilize small gestures of generosity to provide relief from the political and public health tensions of our fraught current environment. Signs have been made and placed publicly at bus stops, traffic medians and neighborhood hubs throughout Middle Tennessee, and shipped nationwide for friends and strangers who requested custom animal shapes on Instagram. So far over 350 unique signs
have been made, placed and shipped out. Each sign is handmade with its own original design and shape. And every sign is for free and distributed as a gift to drive civic engagement and build connections between the artist and his contiguous geographic and virtual communities.

More about the artist:
Paul Collins is an artist, curator and educator in Nashville, TN. Paul has an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale and has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, Hambidge Center, Skowhegan, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Vermont Studio Center. His work has been featured in New American Paintings, Number and Native magazines. Paul teaches at Austin Peay State University and is represented by Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, TN.