Dave Cole

judi rotenberg gallery

Providence, Rhode Island–based artist Dave Cole blurs the lines between homespun and manufactured, innocent and subversive, nostalgic and postindustrial in his knitted, quilted, and hand-sewn sculptures that range from three-inch-tall Kevlar booties to a 450-square-foot American flag quilt stitched together from the red, white, and blue areas of the “192 Flags of the World”—the official United Nations set. Cole first became known around 2003 for his series of variously sized lead, Kevlar, and fiberglass teddy bears, but his career surged with Knitting Machine, 2005, a work that utilized John Deere excavators to purl rolls of red, white, and blue felt into a thirty-five-by-twenty-inch American flag outside Mass MOCA, in North Adams, Massachusetts. For his second Boston solo show, “All American,” Cole continues to recraft the American flag and to suggest sociopolitical punch lines in impressive

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