A Total Collapse is a series of interrelated sculptural vignettes, combining fragmented monument-forms with a vocabulary of contemporary objects referencing artifice, automation, and human fragility. This combination of forms loosely reference a sense of acceleration both of progress and of retrograde political motion, and the idea of de-stabilizing previously monolithic forms and ideas.
Born in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lewis Colburn holds a BA in studio art and Russian language from St. Olaf College, and a MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University. Colburn has participated in residency programs at the Center for Land Use Interpretation, the Vermont Studio Center, D’Clinic Studios in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary, and SculptureSpace in Utica, New York.
Colburn’s work has been shown internationally and throughout the United States, at venues including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA, and South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China. He has an upcoming project scheduled at the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
Colburn is also a member of NAPOLEON, an artist-run project space in Philadelphia’s Rollins Building. His works have been featured in Sculpture magazine, as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is currently based in Philadelphia, and teaches sculpture at Drexel University, where he is an assistant professor.