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Willie Cole

Willie Cole


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Willie Cole

The Sole Sitter,2013


72 x 27 x 42 inches

Willie Cole (b. 1955, New Jersey) is best known for assembling and transforming ordinary domestic and used objects such as irons, ironing boards, high-heeled shoes, hair dryers, bicycle parts, wooden matches, lawn jockeys, and other discarded appliances and hardware, into imaginative and powerful works of art and installations. His work surprises and delights the viewer, while commenting on everyday objects and our relentless consumption. As an African American artist of national and international importance, his work is at home in the City of Atlanta’s public collection.

Cole's work is often considered eclectic and postmodern. Employing the same object in multiples, his work combines references to art, to African imagery, to Surrealism, Dada, American pop culture and more. Sole Sitter, the work proposed for Atlanta, is an iconic example of Cole’s sculpture. At first glance it resembles a contemporary iteration of African masks and sculpture. Further viewing reveals the entire work is comprised of shoes. Like much of Cole’s work, Sole Sitter is a highly original and witty assemblage.

Cole has a personal connection to Atlanta: he was the recipient of the Lamar Dodd Fellowship at the University of Georgia, and in 2006 he was awarded the David Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art. Sole Sitter, is representative of the best of his work – witty, thought provoking, delightful.

Renew Atlanta will install this work along Peachtree Street in Midtown. It will included in the pocket park to be built at Commercial Row Commons – Peachtree and Peachtree Place.

This installation is possible through partnership with Midtown Alliance.

Find out more about Willie Cole’s Driskell Prize here and about other honors here.

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