A SOLO SHOW BY CRAIG COLE
OPENING NIGHT: Friday 14th October
LOCATION: Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin St
EXHIBITION RUNS: 15th Oct - 5th Nov 2016
OPENING HOURS: 12pm-5pm, Wed- Sat
"Painting speaks of a certain alchemy, a visual alchemy that transforms the world into the semblance of a painted surface. This making of alchemy is an inexhaustible task, being repeated and continuously renewed, it is an attempt to create a painting, to make it essential to the world. With our reality now embedded in the lives of images, painting amidst this purview, establishes a relationship to a pictorial and visual paradigm. For painting, what is needed is always established in the visual, as painting is borne from a visual logic. It is a logic that begins from a simple premise – what should I paint? What should be painted?
These underlying questions remain ever present in the works of Craig Cole. He is an artist who finds conviction in painting. In his latest body of work, Cole looks at subject matter that is close to hand, the mundane objects and settings that are immediate to the environment of the studio. As an artist he chooses not to stray far.
It is in the everyday detritus that litters the studio that the banal and mundane is affirmed and the making of the visual arises. The idiosyncrasy of Cole’s visual formulations presents us with paintings that are both tactile and optical. Whether an inconspicuous scene that captures little more than a corner of the studio, or a found object serendipitously placed, Cole’s paintings confound our sense of space whilst carefully conveying an objects materiality. He works his paintings in a manner of realism that is formally astute. Often using multiple edges of the picture plane as the paintings internal armature. As these studio paintings can attest, we encounter moments – the backdrop of sprawling graffiti or the rendering of a brick wall – were we momentarily lose sight of what is inside the frame of the painting and what exists outside. The requisite is in finding the edge. As a painter then, Cole brings us to a paintings limits, by making a visual alchemy that hinges between semblance and artifice, of the real and unreal, which is the place of the studio."