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Stephen Collier, Untitled, 2013, oil, acrylic, enamel, photocopy, Sheetrock, plywood, 60 x 40".

Stephen Collier

Acadiana Center for the arts

Stephen Collier, Untitled, 2013, oil, acrylic, enamel, photocopy, Sheetrock, plywood, 60 x 40".

A cofounder in 2008 of the New Orleans–based collective Good Children, Stephen Collier is central to a local scene that has spawned a number of artists’ groups and off spaces—enough to position the Crescent City in recent years as a bastion of DIY possibility. True to form, the art that Collier makes is deeply invested in the myths, violence, and cult activities that constitute the dark underbelly of the American imaginary.

In his spring show at Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisana, Collier homed in on the razor’s edge separating mystic from psychotic, the millimeter of difference between affirmation and negation. Here, five weird Untitled painting/sculpture/print hybrids, all 2013, acted as something of a centerpiece. For each, the artist fused a slab of Sheetrock to a black-painted layer of plywood with circular “eyeholes” carved out so that the underlying

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