Dave Cole
American, born 1975
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Selected exhibitions
2014
THANK YOU,
DODGEgallery
2013
DODGEgallery at Armory Show 2013,
DODGEgallery
DODGEgallery at Dallas Art Fair 2013,
DODGEgallery

For Flags of the World (2008), Dave Cole stitched an enormous American flag out of swatches extracted from the 192 flags of the world, displaying the remaining tatters as refuse. Marrying the industrial and the handcrafted, Cole’s subversive sculptures and installations highlight knitting, quilting, and sewing, both as artistic method and as conceptual underpinning—referencing the metaphorical weight of stitching together disparate ideas, cultures, gender norms, or objects. In other works, Cole has weaved traditional Native American armor from bullet casings and made baby clothing from bulletproof material. He cites P.T. Barnum as his greatest influence—for his “interest in the all-American spectacle”—but also draws close parallels with Jasper Johns, Katharina Fritsch, and Claes Oldenburg.

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