"I remember looking at Milton Rogovin's Triptych series taken in my hometown of Buffalo, New York and believe his work has had the most profound inspiration for my work as an artist today."
-Max Collins, founder
In the early summer of 2016, Hallow Studios teamed up with the Milton Rogovin Foundation and the curatorial team from Resource: Art to execute a series of photomurals appropriating Rogovins iconic portraits placed in the actual neighborhoods where the photos were taken.
This was a commission for a father’s day gift for the client’s dad who used to work in the front office of the New York Yankees. The final piece involved a blending of a NY Times front page underneath a group photo featuring the client’s father alongside his colleague and two Yankee legends Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.
No More Talking is a series of portraits responding to a developing trend of how our behavior is becoming altered as a result of our connection and dependency to the internet and digital technology. The glazed, hypnotic expressions are meant to capture the look of a generation that is interacting with computers to the point where individuals have been diagnosed with “internet addiction” after displaying traits usually found in cases of substance addiction. These faces represent the expression and physical state of one of these addicts immersed in a virtual realm, more absorbed in cyberspace than the tangible world. The subjects are lit solely by computer screens creating a new physical space, similar to how the internet has evolved into it’s own separate “reality” where we often conduct ourselves differently from how we might otherwise behave in the real world.
‘Press: In the Flesh’ is portrait series featuring photographs of all the different characters involved in the 24-hour business of print journalism including all the editors, writers and photographers that make a daily newspaper possible. What makes this body of work unique is that the subjects are printed directly on top of the newspaper they contribute to, adding another dimension to the image that not only speaks to the individual, but infuses them with the product they work so hard to produce.
In March of 2015, one of my closest friends Cortney took her life after struggling with depression. In the days following her death, I installed this mural of her eyes on the side of her home goods store Ró located in Buffalo, New York. About six months later along with her family and friends, we removed the mural in pieces that were eventually used in a bonfire memorial that was held on the one year anniversary of her passing.
"Like the memory of anyone we lose, Collins’ mural will lose its shape and definition over time, obscured by other thoughts and other worries, until eventually its contours wear away and becomes part of the air we breathe. It is a memorial designed to mirror the grieving process itself."
As a dog lover myself, making pieces of people’s pets are some of my favorite. Folks sometimes hire me to do a photo shoot of their animal, but since we both know you’re the one capturing all the best moments - you can email me a few of your favorite photos to do something unique.
"Back then neighbors in this once Italian neighborhood felt like aunts and uncles. West Tupper is now home to all kinds. Lombardo says he loves the mix, but he doesn’t know them all like he used to.
In a weird way, this fall, the sunny-looking Sinatra has been bringing them together."
This portfolio features a variety of public murals I've done where we've worked with individuals, non-profits, private businesses, and a couple we just did on our own.
These pieces all feature photographs provided by the client to be transferred onto wood and colored by hand.