Caleb Cole’s meticulously crafted work deals with the complex issues of identity, culture, visual and print culture, and history. Whether it is using and altering found photographic images, historic photographic processes, Victorian postcards, old possessions, or vintage magazines, Cole incorporates elements of the past to explore issues of gender, identity, and sexuality. This exhibition includes a selection of works from Cole’s various projects including “To Be Seen,” which blends Victorian postcards and vintage photographs, “Blue Boys” for which he used the nineteenth-century cyanotype process to print antique portraits onto old classifieds in magazines, and “Traces,” which are hand-assembled collages of 1980s and 1990s gay men’s magazines. At the heart of these tender and thoughtful works is an examination of the cultural constructs of “masculinity,” “femininity,” “beauty,” and desire, as well as the exploration of the issues like visibility, vulnerability, and the “access and interest in queer and trans bodies.”
Born in Indianapolis, Caleb Cole is a former altar server, scout, and 4-H Grand Champion in Gift Wrapping. His mother instilled in him a love of garage sales and thrift stores, where he developed a fascination with the junk that people leave behind. Currently based in Massachusetts, Cole has had solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, Chicago, and St. Louis, among others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Brown University Art Museum and Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. His many distinctions include being a 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow, 2013 Hearst 8 x10 Biennial Winner, three-time Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner, 2011 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award winner, 2009 Artadia Award winner, and a 2009 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. He earned his B.A. from Indiana University and studied at the New England School of Photography where he now teaches. Cole is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston.
Tuesday, June 20 5:00-6:30 Teen Talk Back with Caleb Cole
Free and open to teens and young adults. Light refreshments. Follow the conversation on Instagram at @nammuse and @calebxcole. Share the Facebook invite!
Friday, July 28 6:00-8:00 pm Caleb Cole: "Forget Me Not" Artist Talk & Cocktails
Free for members, $10 suggested donation for non-members. Cash bar & light refreshments. Share the Facebook invite! Seating is limited, please register!
Caleb Cole, Blue Boy #2 (Adaptable, sincere), 2014, from the series “Blue Boys,” 2014, Cyanotype on vintage magazine page, unique, one-of- a-kind collected glass negatives, printed as cyanotype on classified pages from 1970s Drummer Magazines, 13 5/8 x 11 1/8 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Gallery Kayafas, Boston, MA.