Collar Works Hosting New Exhibition, Soft Play

TROY – Collar Works are proudly presenting SOFT PLAY, an exhibition featuring the work of artists Sidney Mullis, Kelsey Tynik, Melissa Dadourian, and Olivia Baldwin. The exhibition opened on August 26th and will run until October 8th. 

The dance within their studios is the common thread. The artists playfully move from one material to the next, guided by intuition. As painters and sculptors, they engage in the making process propelled by improvised movement and hard-won instinct.  Using textiles, dye, pigments, sand, and more, they chase texture, tactility and movement to learn from spontaneity, flexibility, and uncertainty. Together, they seek a joyful exploration that comes free of shame, guilt, and predetermined expectations. 

Melissa Dadourian uses knit and dyed fabric to create abstractions. Her work disrupts traditional assumptions to intentionally create spaces with flexible boundaries. Olivia Baldwin creates paintings that are double-sided and three-dimensional. Evoking slipcovers, hides, and garments, they contain infinite configurations that are reciprocal, unprecious, and evolving. Sidney Mullis is building a make-believe forest out of handmade paper pulp, gravestone dust, sand, and more. She jumps from process to process never seeking mastery, but pleasure, joy, and surprise. It is as wonderful as it is terrifying (similar to being a kid, really). Kelsey Tynik’s work begins in her sketchbook with automatic drawings. They become life-sized flat shapes that are cut, sewn, stuffed, and painted. Moving between materials, she sews up any loose ends to strike a balance between silly and strange.


Gallery Hours for Soft Play:
Thursday 3:00 to 6:00 pm | Friday 12:00 to 6:00 pm | Saturday and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Other times by appointment.

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