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Cece Cole

Cece Cole

Knots and Conceits
Sunroom Project Space | March 3–April 12, 2009

Knots and Conceits, 2009, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

For Knots and Conceits, artist Cece Cole used her fascination with horticulture, technology, weather, stellar skies and unexplained phenomena as a starting point to examine the landscape of Wave Hill. In doing so, she approached the Sunroom from the perspective of a mad scientist, re-imagining the space as a fantastical laboratory filled with playful inventions and intriguing accumulations of objects. Working on-site over a two-month period, she took long walks on the grounds, absorbing the shapes and contours of the gardens. She then used this visual information to create a mass of colorful, diagrammatic drawings and sculptural vignettes. Arranged througout the room in a deliberately improvised way, they affect a sense of immediacy and temporality. The result is a sprawling, carnivalesque installation that is densely packed with whimsy and detail.

Cole has assembled a disparate collection of materials, both found and fabricated, and she has combined these items in provocative ways, challenging the viewer’s perceptions of them and transforming the mundane into the extraordinary. For example, she intends for a constellation of salvaged industrial mirrors to mimic a solar panel, and a re-fashioned light fixture to suggest a primitive satellite. At the same time, the hand-made aesthetic of Cole’s work gives her compositions an intensely personal feel, imparting a measure of accessibility to the work that counters its lofty intentions. The artist states that she wants the piece to conjure up “visions of the impractically idealistic;” to this end she provides the viewer with an entrance to a futuristic world of wonder, invention and imminent discovery.

 

Knots and Conceits (in progress), 2009, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

 

Knots and Conceits, 2009, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist website
Knots and Conceits blog



The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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