Statement

"Smart Phone Collage Paintings"

The idea for these collage paintings began, by coincidence, just a few days before the 2016 presidential election, as a plan to supplement an upcoming exhibit of sculptural work, with some new drawings and paintings. This exhibit, which was to feature wooden “Dummy Smart Phones”, created in 2015, never materialized, but I nonetheless continued to create and develop the collage paintings. The common underlying element of both the wooden phones and the collages are the magazine cut out “screens” which have as their basic structure a 3 ½” by 2” dimension, in order to mimic the dimension of an iPhone screen. The process for creating these screens is simply to draw a grid on the cover of any magazine and cut through the magazine. Each magazine then produces hundreds of screens, most of which are rejected, the best of which are accidental compositions that are created by the chance orientation of the grid on to the particular magazine’s layout, design, and subject matter.
With the wooden “Dummy Smart Phones”, I had created a limited palette of only red and white phones in order to suggest a subdued pageantry, without the obvious connotations that would be associated with red, white and blue phones. Here the “personal hand held device” (“Singularity-like” extension of one’s body) became slightly suggestive as a dual coded identifier. Very quickly, post-election, with my collage paintings I embraced painting blue phones alongside red phones, ushering in a more overt reference to American politics. By painting in and around the collage screens I could open up the narrative beyond the mere dogma of political discourse and engage deeper issues relating to technology and the larger cultural phenomenon of inter-connectivity and human experience. The collage “screen”, for me, is both an identifying device (mirror) for the viewer and a window in to the larger media sources that produce standard visual stimuli designed to engage and seduce. Absent the dynamics of electronics and interactivity, the collages then allow for a more resonant contemplation of content and form through the experience of static art.

Kenny Cole January 2017

"Panoramic"
2017
Collage, acrylic on canvas
BUY
$2750.00
18" x 24"
"Void"
2017
Acrylic on canvas
BUY
$2750.00
24" x 18"
"Operation: Pole Dance"
2017
Collage, acrylic on canvas
BUY
$2750.00
24" x 18"
"Pole Dancer (Orange)"
2017
Collage, acrylic on canvas
BUY
$2750.00
24" x 18"
"Pole Composition"
2017
Collage, acrylic on canvas
BUY
$2750.00
24" x 18"
"Flag Pole"
2017
Collage, acrylic on canvas
BUY
$2750.00
24" x 18"
"Christ Entering Brussels"
2017
Collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$1850.00
22" x 30"
"Catastrophe"
2017
Collage, gouache on paper
BUY
$750.00
15" x 11"
"The Great Battle (Nuclear Button)"
2017
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$750.00
15" x 11"
"Letter From the Grave (Follow)"
2017
Ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$1750.00
18" x 24"
"Hair Ball"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$1850.00
22" x 30"
"Man on the Moon"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$1850.00
22" x 30"
"Smart Phone Bomb Drop"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$1750.00
18" x 24"
"The Blaze: Tomi Lahren & Charlie Kirk"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
9" x 12"
"The Great Battle (Gun Safety)"
2017
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$750.00
11" x 15"
"Salute"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$750.00
15" x 11"
"Storm Chaser II"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$750.00
15" x 11"
"Storm Chaser"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$725.00
10" x 14"
"Eye of the Storm"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
9" x 12"
"Quad Cluster"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$725.00
10" x 14"
"Cluster"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$725.00
14" x 10"
"Seascape"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
12" x 12"
"- +"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$750.00
11" x 15"
"Misogyny"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
12" x 12"
"Supremacy"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
12" x 9"
"Pledge of Alliegence"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$750.00
15" x 11"
"Foodies"
2016
collage, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
9" x 12"
"Gold"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
9" x 12"
"Fount"
2016
collage, ink, gouache, plastic packaging on paper
BUY
$1750.00
24" x 18"
"Google Do This, Google Do That"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$1850.00
22" x 30"
"Next Generation"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
12" x 9"
"Putin Peak"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
9" x 12"
"Sunset"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
9" x 12"
"Alberta"
2016
collage, ink, gouache on paper
BUY
$650.00
9" x 12"
Installation view
2017
Central Gallery, Bangor, Maine