Dave Cole: Craft and Craftsmanship in Contemporary Art

The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community.

Craft and Craftsmanship in Contemporary Art
(Nov. 11th, 7 p.m., East Academic Building, Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium)

Over the past decade the world of contemporary art world has felt the influence of—and borrowed the materials and techniques from—the world of Craft to an unprecedented degree. One of the artists at the center of this phenomenon (and Landmark College alumnus), Dave Cole, will present his work and discuss the intersection of these once very separate ideas.

Dave Cole's work is characterized by an interest in politics, patriotism, nostalgia, and masculinity. He lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. He is represented by DODGEgallery in New York City and formerly the judi rotenberg gallery in Boston.

In 2013, Cole will participate in the centennial anniversary of the Armory Show in the Focus Section on America curated by Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum. Cole's recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at DODGEgallery in 2012, 40 Under 40 at the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Renwick Gallery (2012-2013), Flags of the World at the Norton Museum of Art (2011-2012), The Music Box at the Cleveland Institute of Art (2012). In 2010, Cole had his first New York solo exhibition at DODGEgallery. He has had prior solo shows at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2009) and Mass MoCA (2005).

Through mixing conceptual craft and assemblage, Cole's work attempts to embed subversive meaning and political message into his material and process. Cole reconstitutes found and ready-made objects such as discharged bullets and casings and eviscerated flag fragments, as well as fabricated materials such as cast lead and knitted metal fiber. His subject matter often draws from symbols of nostalgia, childhood, and more recently, poetry and landscape.


Geoff Burgess