The David Winton Bell Gallery is pleased to present a mid-career survey of Dave Cole’s sculptural practice. This exhibition will focus on Cole’s exploration of notions of childhood in America. It will present such monumental works as Music Box (2012), a vintage 1980s CAT CS-553 steamroller that has been refashioned into a giant music box that plays the first stanza of the national anthem, and Fiberglass Teddy Bear (2003), knit from iconic pink Owens Corning Fiberglas. While both works are whimsical and fun, resembling giant children’s toys, they are also poignant reminders of the intimate relationship between the construction of national identity and infrastructure building in the United States. In knitting industrial materials such as Fiberglas, lead, and Fiberfrax porcelain into quotidian objects such as teddy bears and baby blankets, Cole presents a literal portrait of the fabric of American life. Opening Reception, 5:30pm, May 8th, 2015 in List Art Lobby.
Image: Dave Cole, The Music Box, 2012