Allan McCollum (born 1944), a Los Angeles native, explored a range of careers before turning to art in 1967. He introduced himself to the art world by studying the writings of Fluxus artists and structuralist thinkers and working at an art-handling company in West Hollywood. McCollum made his earliest works by collaging hundreds of strips of canvas together to form large-scale paintings. These labor-intensive constructions show their handmade quality while suggesting the repetitive processes of mass production. McCollum first exhibited at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery and other Southern California institutions. In 1975 he moved to New York, where he developed the work for which he is best known today.