2017 Grant

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I'm honored to be a recipient of a 2017 DCASE IAP Grant! 

The Individual Artists Program aims to assist Chicago’s professional artists in creating work that elevates their careers and brings value to the City of Chicago.

The Individual Artists Program aims to assist Chicago’s professional artists in creating work that elevates their careers and brings value to the City of Chicago.

Expo

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The MISSION Project is showing my work at Expo Chicago this weekend. 
https://www.artsy.net/show/the-mission-the-mission-at-expo-chicago-2016
http://expochicago.com/

 

Mural in progress

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I am currently painting a 40'x11' mural in the CTA viaduct on Albion and Lakewood, in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago. Julianne Hill wandered by and took some photos.

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Phase Transition at Roman Susan

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Installation View, #63 (left) #55 (right) on site specific wall painting 

Installation View, #63 (left) #55 (right) on site specific wall painting 

Installation view #55 (left) #70 (right) on site specific wall painting

Installation view #55 (left) #70 (right) on site specific wall painting

Installation view #55 on site specific wall painting

Installation view #55 on site specific wall painting

Installation view #55 and #70 onsite specific wall painting

Installation view #55 and #70 onsite specific wall painting

#57 (2014) Acrylic on Panel, 12"x12", Installed on site specific wall painting

#57 (2014) Acrylic on Panel, 12"x12", Installed on site specific wall painting

Installation View #55, #70, #69, #57 on site specific wall painting

Installation View #55, #70, #69, #57 on site specific wall painting

#69 (2015) Acrylic on Canvas, 20"x20"

#69 (2015) Acrylic on Canvas, 20"x20"

#70 (2015) Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x24"

#70 (2015) Acrylic on Canvas, 24"x24"

#63 (2014) Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 48"x60"

#63 (2014) Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 48"x60"

#55 (2014) Acrylic on Canvas, 12"x12"

#55 (2014) Acrylic on Canvas, 12"x12"

#57 (2014) Acrylic on Panel, 12"x12"

#57 (2014) Acrylic on Panel, 12"x12"


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Cole Pierce: Phase Transition
February 6, 2015 - February 26, 2015
Roman Susan 
1224 W. Loyola Ave | Chicago, IL 60626 

Reception: Friday, February 6 // 6 PM
Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3-6 PM and Saturday 12-3 PM

Phase Transition is an installation of recent paintings and a wall mural from Pierce’s geometric abstraction series. In his work, he employs multiple layers of vivid optical rhythms, and purposely counters the rational pattern with unpredictable variations. 

#63 (2014) Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 48"x60"

#63 (2014) Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 48"x60"

Pierce received an MFA in Art Theory & Practice from Northwestern University in 2007. His work has been reviewed in Modern Painters Magazine, Visual Art Source, and Papercut Magazine. He recently had a solo show at Butler University and participated in group shows at CAM Raleigh, Johalla Projects, and Nebraska Wesleyan University. His first large scale mural was completed in September 2014 for Hoop Dreams, a charity basketball tournament by Empty Bottle Presents.

I painted a basketball court!

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Empty Bottle held a charity basketball tournament for Ceasefire, and I painted the court and two murals.  Check out Empty Bottle's blog for a recap of the event: Link

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Press: Visual Art Source

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Visual Art Source: Editors Pick


Cole Pierce, "Triangle is the Strongest Shape #37," 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20"


It’s not that easy to put together a compelling group show of geometric abstraction, not for lack of contemporary engagement with the genre (it certainly has no shortage of practitioners), but because innovative, novel approaches to the dialogue are hard to come by. In “Measurable Inconsistencies,” however, Richard Blackwell, Cole Pierce, and Zin Helena Song, brought together by curator Tyler Blackwell, provide abstractions that deviate from the well-worn course with smart, playful uses of space, perception and texture.

Continuing through August 31, 2014


In works like Chicago-based Pierce’s "Triangle is the Strongest Shape #23," what initially appears to be flat, uniform patterning is upon closer viewing a shallow but dimensional relief of deep brush strokes and rigid taped off edges. In four sculptures by New York artist Song, the use of painted corners and actual ones confuse the eye. As the viewer moves around the pieces, you are never able to see all the planes from any one angle. Blackwell contributes an installation. A framed print of a geometric form is covered in a geometric pattern and hung on a geometrically patterned, screen printed wall. This produces commingling notions of fore- and background that exudes an exuberance of form and repetition.

- See more at: http://www.visualartsource.com/index.php?page=editorial&pcID=17&aID=2369#sthash.Am9bfRU4.dpuf

Exhibition Anouncement

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MEASURABLE INCONSISTENCIESA GROUP EXHIBITION

JULY 25 — AUGUST 31, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, July 25 from 7-10pm
By Appointment Only

Johalla Projects is very pleased to announce MEASURABLE INCONSISTENCIES, a summer group exhibition bringing together the artwork of three artists who work directly with shape, form, and structure. The exhibition will run from JULY 25 to AUGUST 31, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 25 from 7-10pm.

At a primary level, Richard BlackwellCole Pierce, and Zin Helena Song each employ the geometric shape, using its formal qualities to inform and populate their works. More interesting, however, is the true nature of these artists’ practices, which function further to create breaks in the rigid structure, to create new interactions, or to disassemble the form entirely. Color also plays a vital role in this assemblage of works and operates chiefly as a catalyst for vivid optical rhythms and compositional choices.

Here, MEASURABLE INCONSISTENCIES explores these departures from pure form and instead inspects more subversive takes on geometric abstraction. By strategically incorporating unpredictable variations in the compositional framework of their respective works, Blackwell, Pierce, and Song arrive at a more engaging formula that encourages rigorous interactivity.

MEASURABLE INCONSISTENCIES is curated by Tyler Blackwell.