JIM COLE

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Jim Cole

Jim Cole's recent work continues a long tradition of personal expression using an established language of form. Each work is a unique investigation of a particular idiom. Cole considers his works to be, in the simplest terms, poetic statements. He deliberately limits his formal choices through process, interested in the range of expression within his chosen parameters. The highly expressive surfaces reflect Cole's personal history without dictating emotion, engendering a new response for each viewer. Jim Cole's work is included in the permanent collections of institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the The American Craft Museum.


"The object with it's capacity to evoke a response that can be meaningful on many levels has always interested me, so I make objects. Ones that reflect my history, while at the same time establishing a moment of reference for anyone who might encounter them and physically come into contact with them. One need only recall the first time any particular event took place to reflect on the many associated thoughts, feelings and relationships.

Beyond that, I am continuing a long tradition of personal expression using an established language. The language I've chosen, or more appropriately, the language that has chosen me, is form. The results are the objects in front of you. Each is a unique investigation of a particular idiom. I have deliberately limited my formal choices through process, being more interested in the range of expression I can achieve in this manner.

I consider these to be, in the simplest terms, poetic statements. Each is a poem written in the same language but with diverse subject matter."


Jim Cole


Selected Exhibitions

2005 Virginia Lynch Gallery, Group Exhibition, Tiverton, RI
Four Corners Arts Center, Summer Exhibition, Tiverton, RI
Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Mobilia Gallery, The Navy Pier, Chicago, IL

2004 Mobilia Gallery, "Blue", Cambridge, MA
Sculptural Objects Function Art (SOFA), Mobilia Gallery, The Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Sculptural Objects Functional Art (SOFA), Mobilia Gallery, The Armory, NY, NY

2003 Rhode Island School of Design, Small Works Exhibition, Risd Biennial Exhibition, Providence, RE
Function + Art, Chicago, IL

2002 Gallery Installation, Parisi Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Del Mar, CA

2000 Wexler Gallery, Inaugural Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

1999 The Butler Institute of American Art, Howland, Ohio
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, RISD Biennial Exhibition, Providence, RI

1998 Gallerie Klatovy-Klenova, Klatovy, Czech Republic,
Mapping Space, Art et Industrie, 20th Anniversary Exhibition, New York, NY

1997 Art et Industrie, Solo Exhibition, "Quarry", New York, NY
Paint Creek Center for the Arts, "Form Function or Metaphor", Rochester, MI
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, RISD Biennial, Providence, RI

1995 The Arkansas Art Center, National Objects Invitational, Little Rock, AK

1994 Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY
Kurts Bingham Gallery, "Function V", Memphis, TN
The Virginia Museum of Fine Art, "Designs for Living from the collection of The Virginia Museum of Richmond, VA

1993 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Modern Metal Work in The Metropolitan Museum of Art", New York, NY
Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY
Turbulence, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY

1992 Art et Industrie, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY

1991 Art et Industrie, Solo Exhibition, New York, NY

1981-1989 The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University Annual, Faculty Exhibition, Ithaca, NY

1985 White Columns, "Structures", New York, NY


Public Collections

University of Florida, Gainesville
School of Law
Gainesville, FL
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
The American Craft Museum, NY, NY
General Mills Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
Gellert & Cutler, P.C., Poughkeepsie, NY
The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK
The Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN