Born in Indianapolis (1981), Caleb Cole is a former altar server, scout, and 4-H Grand Champion in Gift Wrapping. His mother instilled in him a love of garage sales and thrift stores, where he developed a fascination with the junk that people leave behind. Cole is a 2013 Hearst 8x10 Biennial Winner, 2013 and 2010 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner, 2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner, 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Finalist, 2009 Artadia Award winner, and a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. He has exhibited at a variety of national venues, including the deCordova Museum of Art (Lincoln, MA), David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University (Providence, RI), and Jenkins Johnson Gallery (NYC), among others. Cole was also featured in Boston Magazine (HOME) as an emerging photographer who is "shaking up New England's visual arts scene." He is represented locally by Gallery Kayafas.
As one of the featured artists of Practice, Caleb will be exhibiting works from his series Other Peoples Clothes as well as several of his Dolls. The images in Other People’s Clothes reflect his curiosity about stepping into the shoes of other people and their lives. He meticulously constructs scenes with clothing, objects and locations that best convey an individual's personal moment in time and place.
The Dolls series is about using a children's toy as a blank canvas. They are made in the image of himself and project ideas about gender, sexuality and identity. He will be sharing several of these sculptures in Practice.
March 12 - April 5, 2014
reception: Wednesday March 12, 6-8 pm
artist talk: Friday March 21, 7 pm
story slam: Monday March 31, 7 pm
I will be introducing each of the six invited artists of Practice over the next couple of weeks leading up to the opening on March 12.