Dave Cole, ‘Untitled’, 2017, CMA: Benefit Auction 2017

Framed. Thank you to Walnut Hill Fine Art for donating framing of this work.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist

About Dave Cole

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.

American, b. 1975, Lebanon, New Hampshire, based in Providence, Rhode Island

Group Shows

2014
DODGEgallery, 
New York,

Fair History on Artsy

2013
DODGEgallery at Dallas Art Fair 2013