Statement Sense of a Sack, comes from Jacques Lacan’s Seminaire 23 in which he writes, “The astonishing thing is that form gives nothing but the sack, or if you like the bubble.”This particular body of Collier’s work takes Lacan’s idea as its point of departure by moving from largely formal considerations to a place where meaning begins to appear. Collier would like to remind us that when words fail, there still remains the idea of (need for) words.
Patrick Collier is a visual artist and writer. He lives on some acreage seventy miles south of Portland. Collier has shown nationally, and has been written about in Sculpture and Art in America. He occasionally curates and ran a small, critically successful gallery, bona fide, in Chicago. Collier writes for PortlandArt.net and OrArtswatch.org, and in the past has written for New Art Examiner and a host of small periodicals. He is currently involved in research on the psycholinguistics of visual poetry, which has informed his exhibit, Sense of a Sack. Collier holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. www.patrickcollier.com