Maine
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Kenny Cole

Coming of age in the late 70’s in a post Vietnam world I began my art career truly believing that we would never fight a war again thanks to the activism of the 60’s. I was one of the men born between ‘57, and ‘59, who were completely exempt from Selective Service registration. The aerial bombardment of Iraq in 1991 took me by surprise and began, for me, a gradual realization that I was a pivotal player in the cultural/political shift from a draft military to our current all volunteer military. Thus began a desire to evolve my aesthetic to change and take on more relevant content. Much of my work has since gained an activist perspective in order to begin indentifying and defining emerging moral calculi and has lead me to explore more specifically; language, graphic or cartoon-like imagery, a schematic color palette, re-visit earlier interactive canvas structures and silk-screen printing. My attraction to these forms lies in their ability to interpret, archive, and engage in, the immense degree of digital communication prevalent today, while maintaining the resistance of a hand rendered traditional liquid medium base. Some of my hand-painted text drawings are static manifestations, expanded into a physical space, of online communication, that are interrupted, segmented and thus redefined by the formal convention of the picture plane. My interactive painting structures create an important transition toward a physical engagement with art that activates the viewer, bringing the higher orders of the art experience into a strange yet familiar pedestrian plane, freeing the viewer from their role of conformity and convention and challenging the siren call of the virtual. Ultimately my work explores the phenomenon of seduction and arrogance with regard to the development of technologies and hopes to engage and activate through the static intimacy of art.

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I Have Worked With

  • May 2016

    "Gasoline Prices" solo exhibit

  • December 2015

    "Fermentation" – Clifford Gallery 

  • December 2015

    Exhibition: "Free for All"

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Kenny
Job Title/Position: 
Artist
Mailing Address: 
41 West Main Street
Monroe, ME 04951
Physical Address: 
41 West Main Street
Monroe, ME 04951
Last Name: 
Cole
Phone: 
207 322-5243

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Plastic
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
1981
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Union of Maine Visual Artists
Board of Directors, Waterfall Arts 2000-2009
Education: 
Pratt Institute B.F.A. 1981
Awards: 
Monhegan Artists Residency 2012
Maine Arts Commission “Good Idea” Grant 2011
Vermont Studio Center, full fellowship 2002