Book of Ours is an art collaboration between JP & Julie Collins. We observe, interpret, comment and critique politics, culture and current affairs through a variety of creative media. We try to connect disparate ideas that stem from a confusing and overwhelming landscape in a rapidly changing culture of 24 hour news cycles and social media, and place them into a context that we hope provides new meaning in a familiar landscape.
We use conceptual art strategies to produce: video, commentary, digital art, installations, site-specific installations, sculptures, drawings, text and sound art. We critique capitalism, the state and society through a leftist lens. Our focus is on the environment, psychology, creativity and collective liberation. We consider Book of Ours a platform for us to address what we feel needs to be said, from an artist’s point of view.
JP is a Conceptual Artist & Experience Designer, every-day cyclist and urban dweller. He received his BFA in Conceptual Design and Painting at San Francisco State University.
The Conceptual Design department (Later known as Conceptual & Information Arts) was headed by Steve Wilson. JP primarily studied with professors: George Legrady and Sarah Roberts. In the painting department JP studied with Robert Bechtel and Cherie Raciti. When not on his bike or stirring things up, he finds himself put on the spot by Julie.
Julie is an essential oil enthusiast, political junkie, writer, urban dweller and a non-performing thespian. She has been in a few Shakespeare productions, was the lead in a Christmas pageant play, and has worked in Children’s theater. Her interest in the philosophy behind all forms of the contemporary arts, human health and interaction remain a strong focus in her work.